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Understanding Prolonged Grief Disorder

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it not only the threat of the virus itself but also a wave of loss and grief for many. Recent research from Cardiff University and the University of Bristol sheds light on the impact of the pandemic on grief, indicating a significant rise in cases of Prolonged Grief Disorder among those bereaved during this time. 

Prolonged Grief Disorder, a mental health condition triggered by the loss of someone close, has been found to be particularly prevalent after sudden or violent deaths. The first longitudinal study of its kind during the pandemic surveyed 711 individuals bereaved in the UK between March 2020 and January 2021. The findings revealed startling rates of Prolonged Grief Disorder among participants, significantly surpassing pre-pandemic estimates.

Before the pandemic, approximately 10% of bereaved individuals experienced Prolonged Grief Disorder. However, the study found that over 35% of participants met the criteria for the disorder 13 months post-bereavement, with 29% still meeting the criteria 25 months after their loss.

In light of these findings, it becomes crucial to understand how to navigate grief, especially during such challenging times. Here are three top tips for managing grief:

If you or someone you know is struggling with grief, remember that help is available. Don't hesitate to reach out for support and guidance. If you're in need of professional assistance, consider contacting Caroline for a consultation for grief counselling. Together, you can navigate the journey of grief and work towards healing and finding solace during this difficult time.


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