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Unrelenting grief may be sign of distinct syndrome

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After Janice Van Wagner's mother died of breast cancer two years ago, her sense of loss was overwhelming.

"I was devastated," said Van Wagner, 34, of Los Angeles. "I felt like a piece of me had gone missing. It was like I was split in two."

While most people grieve when someone close to them dies, the emotional intensity tends to recede with time. But for some, like Van Wagner, their pain persists, sometimes for months or even years, often…

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