Living loss or anticipatory loss

Our Counsellor, Paula Dalton, explains how we can often be grieving when we experience a loss but the person hasn't died.
Living loss or anticipatory loss

Often we are grieving when we are experiencing loss and this isn’t when a person that has died.

We may have had a diagnosis, lost our licence, our job, our home and we have to adjust to this new version of normal that we haven’t invited into our lives.

The feelings around bereavement are very similar to those around living loss.

In cases where someone with a brain tumour experiences personality changes, it is common for the loved ones to experience loss of the perceived future they wanted or to feel they have lost the person even if they are still alive.

Maybe your loved one was the social one in your relationship, so now they aren’t able to be social, you’ve lost a piece of your social life so could feel disconnected. It is important to remember, your feelings are valid too. Often we think if we aren’t the poorly ones, we don’t have the right to feel our feelings.

We are here to support you for as long as you need us.

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