Anticipatory & Complicated Grief

On April 14, 2008, my third sister-in-law, Cynthia Ann Marin, died of complications from Huntington’s disease.  The main cause of death was cachexia, the general ill health and malnutrition, marked by weakness and emaciation, usually associated with severe disease.  She was fifty-four years old and had fought Huntington’s disease for 17 years.

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For 24 years, John and I had lived with anticipatory grief in our lives; watching each of John’s sisters slowly die from the disease (1984 to 2008). Anticipatory grief refers to a grief reaction that occurs before an impending loss. Typically, the impending loss is a death of someone close due to illness but it can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves. Article on anticipatory grief:  

After so many losses in our lives, John and I became lost in complicated grief after Cindy’s death. Complicated grief is acute grief and can become a chronic a chronic, heightened state of mourning. Needless to say, I was looking for a way to begin to heal from my heartache. Article on: The difference between complicated grief and normal grief  

Stay well my friends.  My next blog will continue with the topic of grief and how I dealt with it through the birth of my book, Watching Their Dance.

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

100% of the proceeds from Therese’s book sold in the U.S. will be donated to HDSA.     Last December, Therese and John donated $9,015.00 to HDSA that was the profit from book sales since Therese published in April 2017.

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