Washington, D.C., continue to experience the typical symptoms
of complicated grief, as the Washington Post reported on October
18. The case received national attention because Levy, a federal
intern, had an affair with Congressman Condit from California
at the time.
many questions will remain unanswered. Now that the trial of the
suspect is beginning, the parents still wonder what they could have
done to prevent the violent death of their child in Washington,
D.C., thousands of miles away from their own home.
Thanatology with offices in Maryland and Virginia, who
developed a novel approach to complicated grief years after the
traumatic death of her young husband, says that it is natural for
the “what ifs”, anger, guilt, tension between the parents, and the
agony of the questions without answers – why did it happen to
our daughter? – to continue for extended periods of time.
"Move on, Get over it, Get a life”
with their grief, educating society and drawing attention to a degree of
suffering most would prefer to ignore. Fortunately, major efforts are
currently under way to have the diagnosis of Complicated Grief added
to the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of the American Psychiatric Association, as summarized in two articles
in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (July and August 2010). Two articles
in the New York Times shed additional light on some of the more
controversial aspects of these efforts.
be official, society and health care practitioners will have no choice but to
survivors and learn how to support them in a more appropriate fashion.
Do not advise them
to "move on."
That is simply cruel.