Grief of Losing a Friend can Affect Wellbeing for 4 Years
Grief of Losing a Friend can Affect Wellbeing for 4 Years

Far from being a trivial loss, the trauma and grief resulting from the death of a close friend have a heavy toll in the four years after that loss. The findings of the study are published in the journal PLOS ONE.


The researchers warned that a lack of recognition about the time it takes people to mourn a close friend is leading to inadequate support made available during the grieving process.

‘Trauma caused by the death of a close friend lasts four times longer than previously believed.’

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The research involved 26,515 Australians, of whom 9,586 had experienced the death of at least one close friend.

“The study found people grieving a close friend suffered a significant decline in physical health, mental health, emotional stability, and social life,” said study lead author Wai-Man (Raymond) Liu, Associate Professor at Australian National University (ANU).

“We found there are serious declines in the health and wellbeing of people who had experienced the death of a close friend any time in the last four years,” Liu added.

“We all know that when someone loses a partner, parent or child, that person is likely to suffer through a significant grieving period. Yet the death of a close friend, which most of us will experience, is not afforded the same level of seriousness by employers, doctors, and the community,” Liu added.

Source: IANS

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