Citation Forbat L & Liu W (2019) When a friend dies the impact can be as traumatic as losing a family member. The Conversation. 13.05.2019. https://theconversation.com/when-a-friend-dies-the-impact-can-be-as-traumatic-as-losing-a-family-member-116474
Abstract First paragraph: The death of a friend is a loss that most people face at some point in their lives – often many times. But it is a grief that may not be taken seriously by employers, doctors or others. The so-called hierarchy of grief, a scale used to determine who is considered a more legitimate mourner than others, puts family members at the top. For this reason, the death of a close friend can feel shunted to the periphery and has been described as a disenfranchised grief.