Anticipatory Grief In Dementialand, talks about anticipatory grief, a term she first learnt about in Grad School
“Death, like birth, is a part of life. And we rehearse births in our society. We decide who we would like to attend a birth. I know plenty of couples who have had “birth playlists.” Mother are encouraged to make birth plans. We anticipate birth and we make a plan.
Why should death be any different?
Someone who lost their wife decades earlier–and was happily remarried–once told me that there is no finish line to grief. Sure, you develop a new sense of normal and you do your best to move forward, but the grief doesn’t have a definitive end date.
Perhaps grief doesn’t always have a clear start line either.”