Normal symptoms of grief include:

  •  Numbness
  • Attacks of yearning and anxiety alternating with longer periods of depression and despair

  • Preoccupied with thoughts of the dead one

  • Insomnia

  • Anorexia

  • Irritability

  •  Social withdrawal

A person with chronic grief experiences and displays all the symptoms of normal grief, but the symptoms are more pronounced and may be more prolonged. http://www.comfort-for-bereavement.com/ChronicGrief.html

This article has some very interesting information about Chronic Grief and the factors that may cause it:

http://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/ClinicalPractice/PsychologicalSocialSpiritual/BereavementandGrief/ComplexGrief/tabid/1346/Default.aspx

A Systematic Review of the Literature on Complicated (/Chronic) Grief:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/palliativecare-pubs-rsch-grief

 

 

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