Utilization of EMDR in complicated grief resulting from disenfranchised losses
Grief resulting from a loss of loved ones is a universal experience, but the extent of psychological and physical distress as well as the mourning process varies from person to person. One of the obstacles that hinder successful mourning despite strong environmental and social support is the circumstances surrounding the loss (e.g. suicide). The deeply entwined and intense emotions from losing a loved one from such a traumatic and perceived senseless death can result in feelings so debilitating, leaving the bereaved “stuck” in the first task of mourning which requires accepting the reality of the death. This paper discusses how a friend’s suicide led to disenfranchised grief in a teenager, resulting in clinical depression. The paper presents a case study of how the author employed EMDR and Rando’s 6 “R” of mourning in helping the client process the traumatic aspects of the grief and journey through the entire mourning process. This paper will also provide an in-depth discussion on the impact of suicide on adolescents and the effectiveness of EMDR in helping clients going through traumatic bereavement.
Original Work Citation
Liow, J. (2014, January). Utilization of EMDR in complicated grief resulting from disenfranchised losses. In EMDR and depression/grief and mourning (Pamela Brown, Chair). Presentation at the 2nd EMDR Asia International Conference, Manila, The Philippines
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