Patients with a terminal illness, as well as their family members, friends and caregivers, often experience anticipatory grief. However, any kind of looming change can bring on anticipatory grief. This is true “even if the change is exciting and anticipated and chosen,” says Werner-Lin. For example, a person who puts in notice at her job may grieve the loss of friendship she expects will happen when she no longer sees her current co-workers every day.
Scenarios that may provoke anticipatory grief include, but are not limited to:
- Diagnosis or progression of a degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of