Anticipatory Grief (22-11-17)

Grief, along with anticipatory grief, can affect our lives in numerous ways. Many people think about sadness in relation to grief, however other feelings and emotions such as anger, guilt, resentment and regret also affect people. When it comes to grief, there is no clear route to follow. Our response to a loss is likely to be very personal and unique. Everyone is different.

With anticipatory grief, feelings of grief develop before, rather than after a loss (Mosby’s Medical Dictionary)

In this situation, seeking support from family and friends can be helpful. As well as these primary supports, having counselling is another way to prepare for a loss ahead of us. Through sharing your story and processing intense emotions, counselling may assist you to self help as you approach a loss. Also, the Australian centre for grief and bereavement is one of many organisations that offers valuable resources and assistance.

In their book, ‘On Grief and Grieving. Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss’; Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler suggest that: “Denial helps us to pace our feelings of grief. There is a grace in denial. It is nature’s way of letting in as much as we can handle”.

If you are unsure whether counselling may be helpful for you, please call me today (0477469444) to discuss your personal needs.