Trajectories of Grief in Suddenly Bereaved Children

Peter Roy-Byrne, MD


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This study had several striking findings: Many children are still deeply bereaved a year after the parent's death; severe grief increases the risk for subsequent depression; and the surviving parent's unresolved grief impedes resolution of the child's grief. Although not epidemiologically pure, this study provided for rich clinical assessments not possible in a larger population survey, and parental suicides and accidental deaths were demographically similar to those in Pittsburgh. Clinicians should vigorously address unresolved grief in their pediatric patients to prevent future depressions and should refer surviving parents for their own treatment to help resolve the children's grief.


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