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Grief and depression appear similar, and sometimes happen simultaneously. It is important to recognize the differences, so you may care for each effectively and seek the correct help. While initially intense, natural grief becomes more fluid and changes with time. Long lasting symptoms is a discerning factor and may signal a different diagnosis.

The following are simple differences between natural grieving and clinical depression:

Grieving table

Hosparus Health is here to help you through the grieving process. If you have an appointment with our staff and show signs of clinical depression and not just natural grieving, our staff will refer you to a community health provider for services and to continue your path to healing.

Adapted from Cook, Alicia Skinner and Dworkin, S., Helping the Bereaved: Harper Collins Publishers (1992) and
Wolfelt, Alan D., The Depression of Grief: Companion Press (2014).


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