After her 13-year-old son Eric died in 2004, Stephanie Muldberg of Short Hills suffered a long-lasting and unrelenting grief that kept her from moving forward with her life. Then, after four years of going through the motions and barely functioning, she has said, she was referred to a clinical trial at Columbia University that helped her learn to live with her grief and to enjoy things in life again.
It was at that time she was diagnosed with having “complicated grief,” a prolonged grief disorder where the acute grief felt immediately after a loss can last years.
Muldberg shared her story with CBS 2 New York News on Sunday and told Patch “the response has been incredible, people just don't know about this very important problem.”
To learn more about complicated grief and Muldberg's story, watch the CBS News segment here or watch the attached YouTube video of the segment. Muldberg was also featured in 2009 in a New York Times story about the condition and the Columbia study.
To learn more about symptoms of and therapy for complicated grief, visit the Columbia University complicated grief website.