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Grieving loss before death

Many of us as adult children or spouses suffer from what is often called "the long good-bye." There may be some debate as to the appropriateness of that term, but there is little to debate in the fact that we who must witness our loved one slowly disappear, physically, mentally, or both, grieve. Yes, we grieve the fact that our loved one will die – which is often referred to as anticipatory grief. But we also grieve each loss of function, each moment of pain.

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