Feelings of Loss
“If you feel close to a person who develops symptoms of forgetfulness, you are likely to experience feelings of grief and loss — not only after a person dies, but also as the condition progresses.
This is sometimes called anticipatory grief and includes:
- Loss of a person you knew before.
- Loss of a relationship you liked
- Loss of a person’s former self.
Friends and family members may experience:
- Loss of future plans (going on holidays next year, taking care of the garden together)
- Loss of companionship and support.
- Loss of a lifestyle they once had together (reading newspapers and sharing comments every morning, going to the opera once a month, eating lunch at the kitchen table).
Caregivers may experience:
- Grief and a sense of loss when they see pain and suffering on a daily basis.
- Sadness and anger as a person with forgetfulness symptoms slowly goes to another realm.
Grieving for a person with forgetfulness symptoms alternates:
- Between despair and strong hope that everything will return to the way it was,
- Between acceptance and non-acceptance.
- Kinds of Grief (namasteconsultinginc.com)
- Grief is not an illness; it’s part of being human (miscarriedmom.wordpress.com)
- Grief is not a disorder (mysanantonio.com)
- Grief and Alzheimer’s – Anguish Over Multiple Losses : Huffingtonpost.com (larkkirkwood.wordpress.com)
- Crazy Ideas about Grief (namasteconsultinginc.com)
- DSM-5 and Bereavement Care (psychologytoday.com)
- Grief Theory: Q & A: Disenfranchised Grief (namasteconsultinginc.com)
- Really Important Issue – FMLA for bereavement time (namasteconsultinginc.com)
- Psychiatric ‘bible’may classify the bereaved as mentally ill: journal (windsorstar.com)