Grief & Loss Quiz

This quiz is designed to help give you understand whether you may be affected by complicated grief due to the death or loss of a loved one.

Instructions: For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 5 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old / /

1. Memories of the person who died or left upset me.

2. I think about this person so much that it’s hard for me to do the things I normally do.

3. I feel I cannot accept the loss of the person who died or left.

4. I feel myself longing for the person who died or left.

5. I feel drawn to the places and things associated with the person who’s gone.

6. I can’t help feeling angry about his/her death or leaving.

7. I feel disbelief over what happened.

8. I feel stunned or dazed over what happened.

9. Ever since he/she died or left, it is hard for me to trust people.

10. Ever since he/she died or left me, I feel as if I have lost the ability to care about other people or I feel distant from people I care about.

11. I feel lonely a great deal of the time ever since the loss.

12. I have pain in the same area of my body or have some of the same symptoms as the person who died.

13. I go out of my way to avoid reminders of the person who’s gone.

14. I feel that life is empty without the person who died or left.

15. I hear the voice of the person who’s no longer in my life speak to me.

16. I see the person who’s gone stand before me.

17. I feel that it is unfair that I should live when this person died or left.

18. I feel bitter over this person’s death or leaving.

19. I feel envious of others who have not lost someone close.




All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only; other use may be prohibited by law. Based upon Prigerson et al. (1995). Inventory of Complicated Grief: A scale to measure maladaptive symptoms of loss. Psychiatry Research, 59.


Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Grief & Loss Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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