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IS ANTICIPATORY GRIEF “PRE-GRIEVING?

Anticipatory grief has all the same signs and feelings of regular grief – sadness, feeling alone, anger, depression – but this is then accompanied by caregiver responsibilities. Why do we feel this way? We begin to grieve for the person as they slip away from us one day at a time. We mourn their loss of personality, loss of ability, the fact that they are in pain, their loss of independence. We mourn the fact they suffer.

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END OF LIFE CONVERSATIONS

Of all the conversations you expect to have in life, the end-of-life one is probably the most difficult. This particular conversation needs to be about you and your wishes. And conveying these wishes is hard for people. It is difficult enough with a life-limiting diagnosis, but letting loved ones know about it and what you expect can put additional stress on an already unimaginable situation. But there are some things you can do to help you prepare for these conversations and make them easier to have with your loved ones.