Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory grief will not prepare you for the reality of real grief when it hits.

Jennifer Estes
2 min readMar 29, 2024

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The truth about anticipatory grief is that it’s only there to waste your time or to remind you to never take your beloved for granted. Maybe a little reminder to spend a little more time listening. Hold them in an embrace that much longer, cherishing the feeling of it.

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Jennifer Estes

I am a widow, a mortician, a mom, and grandma. I write about grief, caregiving, substance use disorder, and the death care industry.