Now before I start throwing around labels and making generalizations, I have to make my usual speech about the differentness of individual grief. Although commonalities often exist amongst people who have experienced a certain type of loss, individual grief is as unique as the person experiencing it and their relationship with the person who died. Okay, with that said. Ultimately, one must allow for a wide range of variability when it comes to potentially traumatic events. All deaths have the capacity to overwhelm, shock, terrify, and shatter worldview. In fact, research has shown that PTSD symptoms are not only found in those who survive violent and sudden deaths, but also those who experience the death of a close person to terminal illness. Okay, so what is traumatic loss? In addition to the nature of the death, other trauma risk factors include: Having to make medical decisions about life support, organ donation, etc Uncertainty about whether the person has a died ex. Generally speaking, it has been shown that traumatic death, especially violent deaths, lead to increased distress.
Brother, sister, son, daughter, mother, or member of the clergy — all losses are significant. Even if commonalities exist amongst people who allow experienced a certain type of beating, individual grief is as unique at the same time as the person experiencing it and their relationship with the person who died. Shared experiences tell us, if naught else, that we are not the only ones. However, we do appreciate that these types of losses be able to present very specific barriers, stumbling blocks, and secondary losses. Thanks to our readers whose input went into character this article. They were your finest friend We recently wrote a boundary marker about grieving the death of a best friend.