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Predisposing factors

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A pathological bereavement is more likely if:

  • the death was:
    • Sudden
    • Avoidable( in the eyes of the survivor)
    • Unexplainable

  • the relationship was:
    • ambivalent
      • produces excessive pining
    • dependent
    • may produce excessive guilt

  • the bereaved has a:
    • mental illness
    • personality problem
    • previous bereavement

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