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Managing Anticipatory Grief When Loss Is Inevitable

There are boundless resources for those coping after the death of a loved one. Anticipatory grief, on the other hand, is rarely discussed. However, home care providers in Boca Raton note that this type of grief is a normal reaction when an elderly relative faces the end of life. Whether from terminal illness or other diagnosed ailments, the time prior to death can carry grief for both the affected and their loved ones.

Recognizing and understanding the process in yourself and those around you can open a dialogue of healing and greater ease in difficult situations. As with all grieving, signs vary. Some include:

  • Shifting emotions
  • Fear of upcoming loss
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Anger
  • Exhaustion
  • Numbness
  • Denial
  • Anxiety

When a loved one faces his or her mortality, a number of emotions are sparked. As your loved one reflects on life and manages the ultimate unknown, he or she may go through a period of mourning. Knowing he or she faces these circumstances, it’s natural for at-home caregivers to want to ease the journey while juggling their own set of stresses.

If you are the primary caregiver, the emotional toll combines with the physical and realistic pressures of caring for another human being. Add to that the impending loss of this person and the situation can be overwhelming. Uncertainty abounds on all sides.

Being aware of what is happening and addressing it can lead to accepting dialogue and even stronger memories as you face the situation together.

Here are a few ways to help manage anticipatory grief:

  • Consult educated resources
  • Share your feelings
  • Seek spiritual guidance
  • Delay making major decisions
  • Take the time to connect with loved ones
  • Understand what the future can hold and plan for it
  • Stay physically healthy
  • Give yourself alone time

To make the most of the time you and your loved one have together, consider respite care in Boca Raton. At Home Care Assistance, we understand how challenging this period can be for seniors and their family. Our compassionate caregivers can step in to help with day-to-day tasks so you and your family can focus on providing a loving environment and creating more memories with your elderly relative. Call a dedicated Care Manager at (561) 826.9282 for more information or to schedule an in-home consultation.