Ready or Not: Surviving Grief, Living Abundantly

64 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Grief
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That is, until 2 years ago when she wound up in the ER twice in one week. Since then some pieces have been coming together in the puzzle of some of her behaviors in the past seven years. Minor car accidents, inability to balance her checkbook, strange out of character seemingly decisions on a personal level. Since the events of 2 years ago I feel as though I have been pre-grieving her.

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I have spent weeks, days, and hours with her, discussing her wishes for the rest of her life, after death, hopes and asking if she has fears of dying. I start when the phone rings, especially after 9 pm or before 7 am, I feel guilty that I sometimes am so exhausted in untangling some of the messes she makes with telephone solicitors and scammers true evil, vultures in our society that I wish it all would just stop. Some therapists have said you cannot anticipate grief. But I know you can. Thank you for this article and a place to express feelings. He went through 4 yrs of treatment.

GRIEF: Living Moment to Moment by Laura Siegel

This article was helpful to me as I ride the emotional roller coaster of grieving for my precious love. Wondering when I will be able to look at his photos or memory boxes that I will make with no more tears. Being overly sentimental, I imagine this will be a long process. I appreciate all the info. I can get.


Omg, I thought I was so wrong getting relieved when my son died. He was a drug addict and I was literally running almost everyday for him, to him, whatever the case may be. I was so mentally and physically exhausted. Than I would cry and hate myself for even the thought. But I was just so tired. He consumed me in every way possible. I am a recovering addict that choose to get out of that way of life.

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I prayed everyday that something would give. That he would finally get it. Well something gave. I got that unwanted call that no parent EVER wants to get. But I knew, I knew this call was coming. Than my whole life stopped.

In a way I felt relieved. But than I felt so freaking bad for feeling that way. I am so relieved to know that this is normal. I thought I was the only one that felt this was. Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Thank you so much. I experienced this prior to the death of my husband.

I had no idea other people dealt with this or that there was a name for it. It also helped me stop feeling guilty about the slight sense of relief I had after he died. I have learn so much reading articles like this about grief. I was the mother of a 5 year old boy and a teacher. I took some time off work to care for Joe.

I did not know about anticipatory grief…all I could think about about was Joe is dead…the dead man walking…. I felt horrible. I had such a difficult time to be physically close to him. I still took care of him but I felt guilty of not being able to be close to him physically. My son took over that task! Joe gave it all to fight this horrible monster but after 18 months he passed away. It will be 6 years in 2 days since his death…I have moved away from the big city and moved to a small community where it is much easier to raise a child as a single parent. Sam is now 13 and an amazing young man. Joe would be proud of us. I have learn not to be so hard on myself…watching your partner suffer and die can bring you into an unknown sea of emotions that are alien to you. I am still seeing a counsellor to help me sort out emotions that are too hard for me to tackle on my own…and that is ok Thank for this blog.

One of my oldest and closest friends is dying of lung cancer, at age It had spread to his brain and spine, and treatment was stopped a few weeks ago. To see this tough, sharp ex-Marine reduced to a shell of his former self is devastating. I visited last week and he begged me to take him home. He stopped eating over the weekend, and since he has an advance directive, he will be receiving comfort measures only.

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We have a large group of friends, so that support network is there. Thanks for this blog, and for reading.

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I am experiencing anticipatory grief. My sister has stage IV metastatic breast cancer that has spread everywhere. I go through sudden times of overwhelming emotion.

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Ready Or Not is a "been-there" guide to surviving the devastation of grief. The author offers true sympathy, practical help and encouragement toward the promise. Ready or Not: Surviving Grief, Living Abundantly: Katharine Wool Parrish.

After I regain control, I am fine for days, weeks or even months. She wants only positivity around her. I tried explaining that people being upset is actually a positive because it shows how much they care about her. So, I hide my emotions around her. It is so hard going through this. I kept hoping it would get easier over time. Two years has passed and I am still having the same bouts of emotion randomly.

I feel guilt for feeling grief when she is not gone. I feel helpless.

My sister had stage II breast cancer a few years ago. We are very different so it was hard at first to find the right balance when interacting with her. But in the end, I think it made us closer. I found that I expressed my emotions best when I did things to help her — accompany her to treatments, run errands — rather than say things, if that makes any sense.