Why Am I Grieving Before the Loss?

Love and loss are two sides of the same coin. It’s perfectly normal to grieve for the loss of your loved one, even before he or she passes away. This is known as anticipatory grief. Although it isn’t talked about as much as the grief that occurs right around the time of the funeral service, anticipatory grief is just as difficult to cope with. Some people find that anticipatory grief is actually more challenging, as they feel helpless to change anything, and anxiety-ridden about how they’ll move on with life afterward.

When you watch this video, you’ll hear a grief counselor explain what you can do during this time to avoid later regrets. It’s wise to discuss your loved one’s funeral preferences, such as whether he or she prefers burial or cremation. Your loved one should also have a DNR—do not resuscitate—order notarized.

From our family to yours, Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary would like to extend our sincerest sympathies during this difficult time. We understand it’s challenging to pre-plan a funeral near San Diego after receiving a diagnosis, but you can call us at (619) 701-6473 for compassionate guidance.

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