Absent Grief

Absent grief is considered part of the collection of symptoms referred to as complex grief. This occurs when a person who, after a major loss, does not appear to experience grief or possibly does not seem to acknowledge their loss. This method of avoiding grief seems only to drive the grief "underground" or deep into the psyche where it is neither processed nor resolved and can cause psychological problems later on. Grief is a somewhat paradoxical process where a period of grief (and feeling bad) is healthy and ultimately good for you. If a person is having difficulty reacting to a loss it helps to seek seek professional help.

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