How to support someone suffering from traumatic grief

Experiencing numerous deaths of close family or friends or the death of a child — no matter the age or cause — leads many people into a state of traumatic grief.

To effectively support someone who is grieving, you must first understand grief’s nuances,” says Jessie Wolf, a licensed independent clinical social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System.

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