Behavioral Definitions

1. Experience profound grief resulting from the loss of a significant relationship due to death, physical separation, divorce, or emotional abandonment.

2. Feel shock, deep loss, and vulnerability.

3. Lack emotional energy to assume parental responsibilities, work activities, and daily routine.

4. Exhibit mood swings, weariness, depression, and a tendency to withdraw that interfere with normal family functioning.

5. Overwhelming emotional reactions are triggered by internal memories or external reminders of the lost relationship.

6. Feel an overriding personal grief and loss, which prevents an awareness of and an empathetic response to the child's grief.

7. Report difficulty explaining the loss and communicating deep feelings of grief to the child.

8. Child experiences feelings of isolation, confusion, and fear.

9. Child expresses grief through impulsivity, acting out, self-defeating, regressive, or compulsive behavior.

10. Family members move through the stages of grief from shock, intense pain, deep sorrow, to sadness mixed with acceptance and peace at different paces.

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