Anticipatory grief.

What is Anticipatory Grief?

Caregivers and patients alike may exhibit grief reactions to a death, even if that death has not yet occurred. These are normal reactions to loss and may help you prepare for the emotional intensity of grief after the death has occurred. This is called anticipatory grief.

Anticipatory grief takes many forms, most often fears about actual or possible losses. These may include fears of:

  • Living life without your loved one
  • Breakdown of family structure
  • A new beginning — taking a road not traveled
  • Losing your social life
  • Losing companionship
  • Losing independence
  • Losing control

What are the symptoms?

There are many symptoms of anticipatory grief, some of which are listed below. How many of these have you experienced since you became a caregiver or seriously ill?

  • Tearfulness
  • Constant changes in emotions
  • Depression
  • Emotional numbness
  • Poor concentration
  • Forgetfulness or poor memory
  • Loneliness
  • Denial
  • Acceptance
  • Fatigue

Making the Grief Journey Easier

When experiencing anticipatory grief, there are many ways to smooth the road you are traveling. Try some of these activities:

  • Go for short walks whenever possible.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Plan for the future.
  • Seek spiritual assistance, if needed.
  • Talk to someone, such as a friend, family member, clergy, or Community Hospice psychosocial specialist or chaplain.
  • Make changes only as needed, and put off major decisions when possible.
  • Do the things you want to do now. Postpone chores that you can do later.
  • Spend time with loved ones, friends and family.
  • Seek help from your family, friends or a Community Hospice volunteer to arrange some time to spend doing things you enjoy.
  • Call your doctor if the physical symptoms of grief become overwhelming.
  • Join a caregiver support group to assist you with overwhelming emotional needs.

 

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About Daddys with Angels.

We began as a group for grieving fathers and men in families, but other family members asked to join us. We now also have a group for Families with Angels dads and other male family members and siblings under 18. We have experienced and live with the harsh pain of loss and we hope we can bring other comfort with what we do, To find us please search for us on face book or www.daddyswithangels.org/. Hugs to you all and floaty kisses to all your angels. We retain the name Daddys With Angels.
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