Anticipatory Grief Group

Find comfort and support with others experiencing similar circumstances through this ten-week therapist driven group on anticipatory grief and loss. You don’t have to walk this path alone. This intimate process therapy group is designed for individuals who are experiencing the various emotional and physical stages of preparing to lose a loved one with a terminal condition. Group begins January 2019.

What is Anticipatory Grief?

Individuals experience anticipatory grief when facing and preparing for their death or the death of a loved one. It is most often experienced with terminal illnesses, long drawn out syndromes, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Anticipatory grief is different than the grief experienced after a loss. It may be felt over weeks, months, or years.

Anticipatory grief is experiencing the various stages of loss while the individual is still alive. Knowing what is coming is not always experienced as a blessing. Not all individuals facing an impending loss experience anticipatory grief and for those who do, they experience their own unique variations.

What is a Process Group?

With a process group the therapist is not there to lecture. They are there to help guide the group in supporting each other using discussion and sharing of experiences. Educational resources will also be provided.

Who can join the group?

Anyone who is seeking support for impending grief and loss. Group admission is limited to 6-10 members at a time. Age ranges can vary depending on demand but are typically 18 years and up.

How do I join the group?

A brief no-cost application is required to ensure appropriate paring with a group. After review, a representative will contact you with available dates and times. Cost is $15 per session for 10 weeks; sliding scale may be available upon request. Contact us for applications or more information.

Key Group Topics

Stages of grief, a unique type of loss, your role(s), finding strength, closure, and much more.

Additional Resources 

Help is out there and available:

  • Area Agency on Aging 1-b: http://www.aaa1b.org
  • Hospice of Michigan: http//www.hom.org
  • Or you can contact your local Community Mental Health center.

Recommended Group Reading

On Grief & Grieving, Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss

Written by: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. & David Kessler

Contact Information

26105 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 204 Farmington Hills, MI 48334

248-426-9383