Anticipatory grief refers to a grief reaction that occurs before an impending loss. Typically, the impending loss is a death of someone close due to illness but it can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves.
What is a harder conversation topic with elderly parents - money or death? If you guessed death, you get a gold star. Why do we find it so very difficult to discuss the inevitable? Surely we've all come to grips with the fact there is one thing certain about life and that is death. We can embrace the ending by learning to embrace the life that we still have with our loved ones until the times comes when they are no longer with us.
We all know that the only thing certain about our life is that someday it will end. And yet death continues to be an elusive topic in most families and social circles. Someone recently shared with me that she felt if she brought up the topic with her parents, they might feel like she wanted to hurry things along.