When Grief Is Complicated: A Model for Therapists to Understand, Identify, and Companion Grievers Lost in the Wilderness of Complicated Grief


After a significant loss, grief is normal and necessary. But sometimes a mourner’s grief becomes naturally heightened, stuck, or made more complex by especially difficult circumstances, such as suicide, homicide, or multiple losses within a short time period. This is called “complicated grief.”

In this primer by one of the world’s most respected grief educators, Dr. Wolfelt helps caregivers understand the various factors that often contribute to complicated grief. He presents a model for identifying complicated grief symptoms and, through real-life examples, offers guidance for companioning mourners through their challenging grief journeys. This book rounds out Dr. Wolfelt’s resources on the companioning philosophy of grief care, making it an essential addition to your professional library.


“Your book, When Grief is Complicated, about a long-misunderstood condition is so important. Your honest portrayal of the twists and turns of the grief process stayed with me long after I finished the last page. As a social worker, I frequently find myself thinking about some of the same issues you so expertly portray. I am often intimately involved with people in the throes of grief, and every journey is unique. I love how you don’t shy away from exploring the gray areas of life where so much of our time is spent. Your willingness to illuminate an often frightening and unsettling twist in the grief process is a gift for your readers, many of whom feel very alone.” – A Reader

Additional Information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × .8 in
Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × .8 in

ISBN: 978-1-61722-258-0

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Product Type: Paperback

Number of Pages: 242

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