anticipatory grief


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anticipatory grief

feelings of grief that develop before, rather than after, a loss.

anticipatory grief

Mental anguish caused by the impending loss of a body part, a function, or a loved one.
See also: grief
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The results of this study add to knowledge of normal anticipatory grief and mourning responses by providing a longitudinal view of caregivers' grief through the experiences of being in a close relationship with someone who is terminally ill, watching the person lose function, and providing hands-on care while simultaneously preparing emotionally for an approaching death.
They can comfort and sustain not only those who have lost a pet, but those suffering anticipatory grief.
Anticipatory grief is not to be confused with forewarning of loss.