Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory grief: The normal mourning that occurs when a patient or family is expecting a death. Anticipatory grief has many of the same symptoms as those experienced after a death has occurred. It includes all of the thinking, feeling, cultural, and social reactions to an expected death that are felt by the patient and family. [Melissa Reagan-Smith Circa 1985] My mother passed away from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease) September 14th, 2010. She was sick for years. I remember watching her body wither away and betray her. Even now, there’s a knife in my heart. We were best friends. When my dad left all we had was each other and my little sister. I called us the ‘Three Missy-teers.” We went to TGIFridays for Xmas...

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