Following the death of a loved one, grief will certainly impede mental functioning. While sorrow is a normal process of adapting emotionally and cognitively to the loss or absence of a loved one, the depth of a person’s grief can occasionally be overwhelming or continue longer than is healthy. This can happen for several reasons.

A diagnosis of Traumatic Mourning may be appropriate when grief lasts longer than is healthy or becomes overwhelming. It could be helpful to compare it to a medical ailment. A disease is a state that a person is in at a specific time, not a personality trait. “Traumatic sorrow can also occur when a survivor is involved in the incident that claimed the life of a loved one, witnessed what happened, or discovers a deceased loved one,” Levin explains.

Grief Comes in Many Forms

Traumatic sorrow occurs when a loved one dies in a traumatic manner, and “generally, but not always, in a sudden, unexpected manner,” as Levin puts it.

Accidents, homicide, medical crises, overdoses, and suicide techniques are all examples of deaths that can cause painful grief.

Traumatic grief treatment is frequently adapted to a person’s unique requirements and symptoms. It may use a variety of techniques, such as:

  • CBT (cognitive-behavioral treatment)
  • ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy)
  • IPT (interpersonal therapy)
  • BET (brief eclectic therapy) (BET)

Even though each person’s traumatic grief counseling journey is unique, Levin explains some common approaches and processes to expect during therapy.

Traumatic grief therapy is a sort of treatment that is intended to assist those who have lost a loved one suddenly. People who are left behind typically feel profound loss when a loved one goes away unexpectedly. Therapy can be a helpful and healthy approach to process difficult feelings when dealing with this type of sorrow.

Traumatic grief therapy is a type of grief counseling that is specifically designed to assist people cope with the trauma of a sudden loss. There are two telltale symptoms that you’re suffering with traumatic grief:

  • The shattered assumptive assumptions that govern you in the world
  • The trauma reaction that combines with grieving


There are various advantages to traumatic grieving therapy. They include, according to Levin:

  • Lessening of symptoms
  • Improving coping methods
  • Increasing the chance of post-traumatic growth
  • Maintaining relationships with the deceased
  • Imagining future possibilities
  • Continuing to live a meaningful life

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