High Risk for Complicated Grief
Factors Which Indicate High Risk for Complicated Grief
- High-risk people need to be identified and offered help. These people include anyone who:
- Participated in any way with a suicide or accident.
- Knew of the suicide attempt or potential attempt and didn't try to stop it.
- Feels guilty about things they said or did to the deceased prior to the death.
- Had recently punished or threatened to punish the deceased for some misdeed; did not take a suicide threat seriously, or had been too busy to talk to a victim who asked for help.
- Were relatives, best friends, self-appointed therapists; were mentioned in a suicide note.
- Identifies with the victim's situation; has a history of suicidal threats or attempts; is desperate and now considers suicide a viable alternative.
- Check in with students who would be considered to be high risk for complicated grief reactions on a regular basis, particularly at high-risk times. High-risk times include: anniversaries of a previous death, birthdays, holidays, expected graduation date, etc. of the deceased student, and the high-risk student's own birthday.