Current research (Bonanno, Brewin, Kaniasty, & La Greca, 2010) points to the following four basic trajectories of symptoms after a major loss:
- Chronic Bereavement
- Delayed Bereavement
Over half (55-60%) of those exposed to a major loss return to normal functioning within a short period of time, while another 10-20% continue to manifest grief related symptoms in a chronic or sometimes delayed presentation. Psychotherapy can provide improved skills and adaptive coping strategies after a loss.