In Counselling for Grief and Bereavement, Second Edition Geraldine Humphrey and David Zimpfer take readers step-by-step through the skills needed to facilitate the process of grief, initiate healing, and promote a sense of growth. Providing a firm theoretical base, the authors discuss the concepts and categories of attachment, loss, and grief. Carefully chosen case examples are included throughout and specific attention is paid to ethics and to the possible need for referral.
Chapter 7: Anticipatory Grief
Anticipatory grief is a term that is most often associated with a terminal illness, with a prognosis of impending death within a stated time period. However, anticipatory grief can refer to a process for any loss that is expected in the future. Many illnesses that are not terminal have characteristics of significant change for the individuals and others involved with them. Heart disease, arthritis, and cancer are only a few of the medical conditions that alter lifestyles and have significant personal losses involved. Geographical moves, job changes, and retirement are also significant losses that are not often recognized as such, but require anticipatory work. The list is extensive, and as mentioned in Chapter 1, losses occur from the time one is born ...