I recently heard the term “anticipatory death” discussed on Anderson Cooper’s “All There Is” podcast. People who experience anticipatory death may be dealing with a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s, cancer, or terminal illness.
I had never quite heard of dying as anticipatory death, but instantly recognized it as a theme that draws me into memoirs. I’m intrigued by how people come to terms with a dying family member, spouse, or friend because it’s a moment in time that will stay with them forever. Plus, everyone grieves so differently.
I haven’t experienced anyone close to me dying—yet. Learning about this through memoirs helps me prepare for the inevitable. It also makes me feel so grateful for the friends and family I still have in my life. 🙏
These are some memoirs about family, friendship, and death. You won’t be able to stop once you start.