All of us experience painful losses during our lifetime.
During the process of adaptation to loss, the intensity of our grief changes.
While grief is unique, most people adjust to their loss and rebuild a life moving forward.
Some people do not move forward. Instead, they remain stuck, and develop …
Complicated or prolonged grief is an unusually intense and persistent form of natural grief. When a person becomes stuck in complicated grief, powerful emotions dominate the person’s life. Intense feelings of longing and yearning for the deceased may persist accompanied by disbelief and inability to move forward with one’s life.
Complicated Grief Treatment or as it is now called, Prolonged Grief Disorder Treatment, was developed to help people who are suffering in this way. This treatment is an efficacious, short-term talk-therapy that is delivered over the course of 16-20 weeks. Treatment addresses the factors that have resulted in a person becoming stuck in intense feelings of grief and enables the adaptive process of grief to move forward. This treatment is evidence-based and was proven efficacious in three large National Institute of Mental Health-funded studies.
Our mission is to improve the lives of people who suffer with complicated grief or prolonged grief disorder. We have been trained in the Complicated Grief Treatment and continue to work with Katherine Shear, M.D., leading expert and researcher in the field of complicated or prolonged grief and director of the Center for Prolonged Grief at Columbia University.