Chronic Grief

This is another term we have come across by chance when doing research for another topic. Once we discovered it, we wanted to find out what it meant and to see if we could relate to it…..

Please see Chronic Grief which covers:

  1. Introduction
  2. Quotes/Illustrative examples: Chronic Grief
  3. Chronic Grief
  4. Pathological Grieving
  5. Our Final Thoughts/Our YouTube Channel

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1. Introduction

This is another term we have come across by chance when doing research for another topic. Once we discovered it, we wanted to find out what it meant and to see if we could relate to it.

Surely enough it is most definitely something my sister and I can relate to.

“Chronic Grief is grief that does not subside over time”

We have said often in topics that the non-acceptance of our Dads passing away has a lot to do with the nature and circumstances in which things happened. Because of this, we are almost in a non-reality reality. By this we mean we know it’s real, we have no choice but to know that as our Dad is sadly no longer here with us. But to this day, it’s no easier than the day we found out. It was such a traumatic experience the entire time our Dad was in the hospital, right through to him passing away. An unwanted experience that will stay with us always.

We also know that the passing of a loved one will never be easy no matter the circumstance, it is something that you cannot ever really be prepared for no matter what.

For my sister and I, we often say and think that we do not know if our grief would feel any different if things had been different and turned out differently, but because this is all that we know, we try our best daily to deal with things as best as we can. Something that we are still trying to navigate four years later.

We are on a journey of learning and discovery, and along our journey of sharing our story, we come across new things. Things that help us to learn more about what we are experiencing and living through. We also learn about other journeys and experiences through the stories that are shared with us, and within the grief community, we have become part of.

Grief is an individual journey as unique as a fingerprint. There are many reasons people go through grief, not only through the loss of a loved one, it could be a job, a friendship, a relationship, a home the list is endless. There is no set path for grief and grieving, there are many different stages and terms of grief. Sometimes having a knowing and understanding that there are explanations to why you are feeling the way you do, can make a difference for your mental state of mind and wellbeing. These are some of the reasons why we started our blog.

We feel we discovered this term so that we could share it, so that is what we are doing.

Please see Chronic Grief:


2. Quotes/Illustrative examples: Chronic Grief


3. Chronic Grief

3.1 What is chronic grieving?

Chronic Grief

“Strong grief reactions that do not subside and last over a long period of time. Continually experiencing extreme distress over the loss with no progress towards feeling better or improving functioning”.

3.2 How Does Chronic Grief Work? Definition and Examples

“(17 Apr 2020) — Certified Grief Counselor … Chronic grief is, unfortunately, sounds like exactly what it is — your grieving doesn’t seem to get better with time”…

3.3 When the sorrow doesn’t end: Could chronic grief be a medical condition?

“(13 Jan 2017) — When it doesn’t, psychiatrists call it ‘complicated grief’ and it can … treating chronic and unremitting grief and thought Shear might be” …

3.4 Chronic and Prolonged Grief

(15 Sept 2017) — “Simon Olshansky, a counselor who worked with parents of developmentally disabled children, coined the term “chronic sorrow,” in 1962, to”…


4.  Pathological Grieving

4.1 What is pathological grieving?

“The term “Pathological Grief” is sometimes applied to people who are unable to work through their grief despite the passage of time. It can take most people up to several years to get past a serious loss”.

4.2 What causes pathological grief?

“Factors that may increase the risk of developing complicated grief include: An unexpected or violent death, such as death from a car accident, or the murder or suicide of a loved one. Death of a child. Close or dependent relationship to the deceased person”. (19 Jun 2021)

4.3 How do you know if you’ve grieved?

To be sure, the grieving process takes time, with healing happening gradually.

Here are some signs that you may still be grieving for the loss of a loved one.

  1. “Irritability and Anger”. …
  2. “Continued Obsession”. …
  3. “Hyperalertness”. …
  4. “Behavioral Overreaction”. …
  5. “Apathy”.


5. Our Final Thoughts/Our YouTube Channel

life has no instruction manual, because of this at times it can be easy to feel challenged, overwhelmed, anxious, lost. Grief is also something that not only doesn’t have an instruction manual, but it can also be a taboo subject, this is why my sister and I are trying to help to break down this taboo. And trying to help to make a difference by sharing our story.

We believe that knowledge and awareness is power. We hope this topic will be of use to those who read it.

Our YouTube Video:

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