Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
While it's not known specifically what causes complicated grief, researchers continue to learn more about the factors that may increase the risk of developing it. These risk factors may include:
- An unexpected or violent death
- Suicide of a loved one
- Lack of a support system or friendships
- Traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect
- Childhood separation anxiety
- Close or dependent relationship to the deceased person
- Being unprepared for the death
- Lack of resilience or adaptability to life changes
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