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Disturbed grief: prolonged grief disorder and persistent complex bereavement disorder

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 18 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2016
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But thy eternal summer shall not fade (Shakespeare Sonnet18)

Grieving is bittersweet. At first, we are overwhelmed with the shock and bitterness of losing a loved one. But after a while, after the shock starts to wear off, we begin to reminisce about the sweetness that we shared with our loved one. Still later, after the bitterness and sweetness begin to recede, we start analyzing our relationship with our loved one, and come to new insights. Since the grieving process is lengthy and complex, but productive, we should give ourselves ample time to go through the whole process and come out a better person. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 May 2017
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA