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How can you take control of your feelings of grief as a primary caregiver?

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You can't avoid what will happen, but you can have a say in how it happens.

Learning about your loved one's condition is one way to do something, to have a sense of taking action that puts you in the game rather than merely watching from the sidelines. Get a better idea of the symptoms, treatment options, and possible side effects so you can prepare for and even get ahead of what may be coming.

You could even help your loved one put their affairs in order or plan their funeral service.

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications/HelpGuide: "When a Loved One is Terminally Ill."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Grief and Loss."

Australian Government Department of Health/HealthDirect: "Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief."

AARP: "10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Publications/HelpGuide: "When a Loved One is Terminally Ill."

Family Caregiver Alliance: "Grief and Loss."

Australian Government Department of Health/HealthDirect: "Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief."

Visiting Nurse Service of New York: "5 Steps for Dealing with Anticipatory Grief."

AARP: "10 Ways for Caregivers to Nurture Themselves."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 4, 2018

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