How to Grieve A Diagnosis of Dementia

A recent article by The Sentinel discussed how to grieve a diagnosis of dementia “or another condition that impacts cognition.” When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, “individuals and families may begin to experience anticipatory grief as they think about the future and recognize that it will look very different from how they had planned.” However, their loved one may not be yet moving or thinking beyond their diagnosis.

The article continues to give suggestions so families and caregivers can “lovingly and effectively meet the needs of their loved one as well as their own needs.” Despite the loss that comes with a dementia diagnosis, the article asserts that “grief can be ally and help you prepare for a more definitive loss.”

To read the whole story and the suggestions for getting through a cognitive impairment diagnosis, read here.

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