anticipatory grief

Coping With Anticipatory Grief Symptoms

This past week my sister-in-law’s mother died after spending 10 days in hospice. Prior to that, she had 7 months of at-home critical care knowing she would never get better, having been diagnosed with cancer.  My sister-in-law was the primary caregiver to her mother, spending 5 days a week at her side during the day while her other siblings stepped in during other times.

I saw the toll the anticipatory grief stages took on all the family members while awaiting her inevitable death. Depending on your loved one’s illness, you may suffer from anticipatory grief for a… Continue reading

Grieving After A Long Term Illness

Losing a loved one after they have struggled with a long-term illness, can present the bereaved with unique grieving challenges.  Even before we lose our loved one we may deal with grieving issues, also known as Anticipatory Grief.

Anticipatory grief means that we are doing our grief work, even before our loved one has died.  This happens because we see our loved one changing, day by day.  They become less able to do the things they used to do and become more dependent upon us for help and self-care.  The loved one could be a husband,… Continue reading

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