It generally takes six months to overcome grief in such a manner that enables one to resume a normal routine of life. When the impact is more devastating and totally disrupts your entire existence for longer periods, that is a phenomenon known as “complicated grief.” Untreated, it can result in prolonged sleep disturbance, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, immunologic abnormalities, and an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.


From the New York Times:
When Grief Won’t Relent


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