In today's health matters, A new study says grief experienced by children and teens after the sudden death of a parent fades over time for most, but some have more complicated or prolonged grief that can lead to depression and interfere with normal functioning.
Researchers initially looked at 182 children and teens, aged 7 to 18, who had a parent die by suicide, sudden natural causes or accidental injury.
For 59 percent of the children and teens in the study, grief scores decreased significantly between nine and 21 months after the parent's death and then remained low.
For 31 percent of the youngsters, grief scores increased at about nine months and then steadily declined through 33 months.
For 10 percent of the participants, grief scores were high at nine months and remained high through the 33rd month after the parent's death.