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What is anticipatory grief?

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Unlike the grief and mourning that happen after someone has passed away, this "anticipatory grief" begins before the person has died. But the emotions can be similar.

When someone has a disease, injury, or condition that permanently changes their personality, like Alzheimer's, the grief may come as it sinks in that your loved one, as you knew them, will be "gone" even before they're gone.

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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