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Anticipatory grief during COVID-19: A commentary
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-22, 04:31 authored by A Khanipour-Kencha, A C Jackson, F Bahramnezhad
The diagnosis of potentially fatal diseases, such as COVID-19, may cause many critical reactions in dying patients and their relatives. Grief and fear of anticipatory death are natural, especially in the case of COVID-19. Although several studies have been conducted on anticipatory grief (AG) caused by cancer and dementia, the outbreak of COVID-19 could potentially intensify the AG rate among dying patients, their families and healthcare professionals. Therefore, mental health support, palliative and psychiatric care, and similar strategies should be taken into account when planning the treatment process and allocating resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. This commentary highlights the importance of addressing anticipatory grief during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides some recommendations for grief management for healthcare professionals..