Most people cope with loss and resulting grief in ways defined by their culture as appropriate and eventually return to their work and family duties. 

However, research shows that between 10 and 20 percent of individuals who experience loss also experience more disabling reactions, including PTSD, major depressive disorder, separation anxiety disorder, adjustment disorder, or substance abuse. 

Complicated grief reactions may also be a factor in physical illness.

Blessing Hospice, in association with the Hospice Foundation of America’s annual Living with Grief Program is featuring a free videoconference, “When Grief is Complicated,” on Thursday, March 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Blessing Hospital auditorium.

This program looks at how to identify disabling grief reactions and when referrals to specially trained clinicians or professionals may be indicated and necessary. 

The program is two hours, with an additional 30 minute post-program discussion required for 2.5 continuing education credits available to counselors, social workers, clergy, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, nursing home administrators, physicians and psychologists.

While the program is free, registration is required by calling Blessing Hospital Educational Services, 217-223-8400, ext. 4830.