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Watching your parents age - Anticipatory Grief

Watching our parents become elderly and not able to take care of themselves, as they have done our whole lives, can be a difficult journey.

To explain this in more detail, anticipatory grief is the emotional process of grieving that occurs before the actual loss or death of a loved one. This type of grief is common in situations where a family member or friend has a serious illness or a chronic condition that is expected to lead to death.

Anticipatory grief can be a complex experience, and it may include feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, anger, and guilt. It can also involve a range of physical symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

One of the key challenges of anticipatory grief is that it can be difficult to know how to prepare for the inevitable loss. Some people find it helpful to talk to a counselor or a trusted friend or family member about their feelings, while others may find solace in spiritual or religious practices.

It's important to recognise that anticipatory grief is a normal and natural response to a difficult situation, and there is no "right" way to experience it. If you are struggling with anticipatory grief, it may be helpful to seek support from a mental health professional or a support group.

Furthermore, providing a holistic service at The Last Time, we encourage families to think about what their role/s may be within the family unit when the time comes. Often times, people aren't sure what it is that they are required to do. We can offer practical advice on this, should you need. Please reach out to us at

Nicque & Lillian

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