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Wading in Emotional Quicksand

Wading in Emotional Quicksand

The Powerful Role of Anticipatory Grief and Ambiguous Loss in Dementia Care

Anticipatory grief is the emotional pain and sadness that arises in advance of an expectant loss or death. Ambiguous loss is the confusing feeling of interacting with someone who is not fully present mentally or socially, as often happens to family care partners who are closely involved with a person living with dementia.

This webinar will provide information and practical coping strategies to enable caregivers to understand their own unique journeys of grief, and to learn ways to remain calm and hopeful in the process. 


  • Describe the role anticipatory grief and ambiguous loss play in caregiving process.
  • Identify coping strategies to effectively deal with the multiple losses involved in caring for someone with dementia.
  • Discuss the seven rules of survival for how to get out of “emotional quicksand” as a caregiver.

Webinar materials:

Please download: The Story of Rosie and Vince

Speaker: Kay Adams

Kay Adams, LCSW, is an educator, writer, clinician, consultant, advocate, and trainer. Through her work, she educates, empowers, and supports people living with dementia, as well as the families, caregivers, and communities entrusted with their care. Kay currently works as a clinician in the diagnostic Memory Clinic and Geriatric Psychiatry Department for Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver. She is also a certified consultant and trainer for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ to Care

Kay has an extensive background in hospice, mental health, grief counseling, geriatric psychiatry, and dementia. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. 

Mar 29, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Pacific)

Location: Online

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