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Conventional grief, the kind of grief that occurs after the loss of a loved one, or even loss of one’s dreams, is commonly discussed and understood.
Anticipatory grief is a lesser-known dimension of grief, something which occurs before death (or any great loss).
Grief involves anger and loss of emotional control, often a state of confusion.
Anticipatory grief, for those who experience it, is sometimes even more severe and stressful. It does not lessen the burden of actual grief after the loss has been experienced, and is not a substitute for it..
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Anger: You're taking away my freedom.
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Sadness: I don't know how this will end.
Acceptance: This is happening, and I have to figure out how to move forward.
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These widely accepted stages are considered rigid and obsolete as modern psychologists update the understanding of grief.
It focuses on the psychological connectedness of grief, looking at the quality of bondings that are made during the course of our lives.
Grief, and even the behaviour of babies in the absence of parents suggests it is not just a mental experience, but has physiological effects, like raising the level of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies.
The crisis caused by the new virus has left us with an unprecedented set of unfamiliar emotions.
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We are dealing with the feeling of uncertainty, and we don't know when our feeling of uncertainty will end.
We dream about when we can safely leave our homes, see our loved ones, and go back to normal. We wonder if our businesses will reopen or when we will stop feeling so paralyzed with fear.
We have lost so much, and many elements missing from our normal lives are intangible and can hardly be identified. Because it is ambiguous, we find it difficult to know what we are mourning.
It is a loss of the way we have lived, the boundaries between work, home, school. Our plans, weddings, birthday parties, loss of safety and trust in our leadership. The loss of connection, the fear of economic toll.