- Anticipatory grief is the name for what people experience when they know that they will likely face a profound loss.
- It is not often discussed, because we tend to associate grief with after, not before, the loss.
- Anticipatory grief is natural and a common part of the process.
- It can take many forms (e.g., sadness, anger, irritability, guilt, mood swings, among others).
- It may manifest with physical problems (e.g., sleep or memory difficulty, headache, or other physical pain).
- It is important to know that anticipatory grief affects everyone in different ways and at different times – no two people are alike.
- You don’t need to wait for death to seek support – the better the Before, the better the After.
- Grief support and counseling, either one-on-one or in a support group, can be very helpful during this time.
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