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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Self awareness and a chance to look at grief, loss and anticipatory grief should be introduced as early as staff induction (Baverstock & Finlay 2006).
In my experience working with pet owners, anticipatory grief has been helpful for pet owners, in that it begins to prepare them for the death of their pets and often helps them accept the loss with less difficulty after the actual death.
There is growing recognition that caregivers experience normal anticipatory grief while engaged in the caregiving process (Sanders & Saltz Corley, 2003).
Anticipatory grief is often experienced at these times with family members caught in the "shock and denial mode" when the suggestion of foregoing dialysis occurs.
Most clients receive music therapy for anticipatory grief support and can continue accessing the program for thirteen months after the death of their loved one.
The opportunity for anticipatory grief may be one that facilitates the grieving process after the spouse has died (Gass, 1989).