Grief following spontaneous abortion

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 1987 Sep;10(3):405-20.


Grief following spontaneous abortion is a common occurrence that is often overlooked by clinicians until serious manifestations occur. Often patients report prolonged distress following this condition. This article defines symptoms and signs of normal and pathologic grief following spontaneous abortion. It discusses the types of psychological disability associated with this condition and makes specific suggestions for interventions. The variables affecting the onset and severity of the condition are further defined as are alternative approaches to treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Incomplete / psychology
  • Abortion, Spontaneous / psychology*
  • Denial, Psychological
  • Female
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Role