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By: William E. Piper, John S. Ogrodniczuk & Carlos A. Sierra Hernandez

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 31: Group Psychotherapies for Complicated Grief

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Group Psychotherapies for Complicated Grief
Group psychotherapies for complicated grief
William E. PiperJohn S. OgrodniczukCarlos A. Sierra Hernandez

Losing a significant person through death is a painful human experience that unfortunately increases in frequency as we grow older. Typical grief reactions include shock, denial, sadness, irritability, insomnia, preoccupation with the loss, yearning for the lost person, searching for the lost person, and experiencing intrusive images and memories about the lost person. Whether such reactions are regarded as normal or abnormal depends on their intensity and their duration. If they are experienced at mild to moderate intensities for short periods of time (e.g., one or two months), they tend to be regarded as normal and appropriate. However, if they become intense and enduring, the grief reactions are ...

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