Chapter 1: Exploring feelings while living with a serious diagnosis

Grief experienced by the family of the person who is ill

I’ve been there
Peter discusses how he was experiencing anticipatory grief at the time of his wife’s diagnosis and while he was her primary caregiver.(3:22)Video transcript
Paul discusses how caregiving for his wife changed their roles within their relationsip.(3:22)Video transcript

Family members also experience grief as the person’s disease advances. You may also feel grief because you recognize the losses felt by the person who is ill. Below are other reasons you may be grieving. Roll your mouse over each for additional information.

The family functions differently



Roles and responsibilities change.


The future



You are losing the future you had imagined with this person.