Anticipatory Grief

Most people associate grief with death.  But what do you call what you feel when you know your loved one is going to die?  Anticipatory grief is a term used to describe those feelings we feel before our loved one dies.  When a loved one is given a diagnosis of a chronic progressive illness such as Alzheimer’s many begin the grieving process.  We are all aware of the five stages of grief.  We might have learned about these stages from hospice, a counselor or social worker.   It is healthy to grieve.  It is just as important to us as it is to the one dying.  If you feel that you need help with coping with the anticipated loss of a loved one don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many programs such as hospice and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association that can offer support.

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