Year: 1981 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.35, no.3, (1981), p.419-425 SIEC No: 19820666

A distinction is drawn between incomplete grief and grief arising from maturational events such as life-cycle milestones. Treating maturational grief as though it were incomplete grief or using expressions of maturational grief as a sign of important childhood roots for a patient’s current problems is likely to be unproductive.