Factors that may influence the impact of the grief experience

Influencing factors

Many factors can influence how family members grieve. It is important to be aware of these, as a combination of these factors could make complicated grief more likely. Some factors that may affect the nature, intensity and duration of the normal grief process include:

  • The relationship a grieving person had with the person who died.

  • The cause of death. For example, the grieving process may differ depending on whether the person died suddenly or was ill for a long time.

  • The grieving person’s age and gender.

  • The support available from friends and family.

  • The grieving person’s cultural and religious or spiritual beliefs.

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