Have you ever waited for an event to occur with such anticipation that you thought you would burst before it happened?
Anticipatory grief is the name given to the tumultuous set of feelings and reactions that occur when someone expects the death of a loved one. These emotions can be just as intense as the grief felt after a death occurs.
Some Common Signs: Sadness, tearfulness Anger, resentment Loneliness, helplessness Anxiety, depression Guilt Desire to talk
The crisis caused by the new virus has left us with an unprecedented set of unfamiliar emotions.
We have highs and lows on top of the undercurrent of an unbearable dread. The undercurrent is multi-dimensional. Breaking it down into parts and naming it is crucial to our health, safety, and sanity.
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).
We feel the world is different, and although temporary, we know it will not be the same again.
We feel the fear of economic turmoil and the loss of connection. And we're grieving collectively.
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