The loved one you're caring for is still around, yet you feel their loss. Some think this is depression, but it's actually a form of caregiver grief. It's commonly referred to as anticipatory grief, and it's very common when caring for someone with an incurable disease. Anticipatory grief is generally understood as experiencing the emotions associated with grief before the expected loss actually happens. Rather than grieving the loss of a person, anticipatory grief might be better understood as grieving the loss of experiences, possibilities, or an imagined future together. This is an excellent conversation to help you understand how to navigate these feelings in a healthy way.
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