Anticipatory grief related to COVID-19

Author: Abigail O. Akande, Ph.D., CRC

Article Topics: mental health, race, grief Finally receiving a diagnosis from a doctor that explains your previously unexplainable symptoms can often bring about feelings of relief. Giving it a name usually gives it a trajectory, a course of treatment, a plan of action, and predictable outcomes. The patient’s questions have answers, so even the label of a chronic health condition with no cure can offer a sense of peace that the preceding uncertainty had obstructed. But this year, the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 and its diagnosis has offered its targets no such comfort. The insidious nature of its arrival in the United States has…