Anticipatory grief is a common grief reaction when facing the eventual death of a loved one. Yet, while most people are familiar with the grief that occurs after a death (conventional grief), anticipatory grief is not often discussed.
Link to full article written by Lynne Eldridge MD – http://tinyurl.com/bx4lv6a
Grief before death often involves more anger, more loss of emotional control, and a typical grief responses. This may be related to the difficult place – the in-between place people find themselves in when a loved one is dying.
Grief before death isn’t a substitute for grief later on, and won’t necessarily shorten the grieving process. There is not a fixed amount of grief that a person experiences with the loss of a loved one. And even if your loved one’s health has been declining for a long time, nothing can really prepare you for the actual death.
Hopefully this article will be helpful to both those who are dying, and those who are grieving a loved one’s death.