Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road
Britain's Prince Harry's two-decade struggle to deal with the death of his mother, Princess Diana, is sadly all too common for children who suddenly face the loss of a parent, mental health experts say. Children who fail to process their grief following a tragic loss tend to be haunted by it for years and even decades, said Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. "The way he describes handling it, which is really initially not doing anything about it, having some problems, and then family pushing him to get help is quite a common pattern with many people who experience that kind of loss," Lorber said. "It's not at all surprising for me."
NYMC Faculty: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences