Most of us will have to face the death of a person close to us, especially as we age. The process of adjusting to that loss is not a form of mental disorder in itself but factors can predispose to the development of abnormal grief. Grief was thought to be a staged psychological process, but this theory has now been challenged. The bereaved are at higher risk of developing physical health problems or even of dying themselves and they are more likely to suffer from clinical depression. The recognition of depression in older people is important as it is treatable with medication as well as a range of psychological therapies.