anticipatory grief


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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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[U.S.A], January 22 ( ANI ): Sadness and anticipatory grief are normal reactions to the various crises faced during cancer and now, a recent study has found that even mild depressive symptoms were associated with poorer overall survival.
Was this some sort of anticipatory grief? Did he understand what he was asking?
* Anticipatory grief interventions may help caregivers cope with the impending death of the terminally ill person.
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If a cure is not attained, ChiPACC services provide anticipatory grief and bereavement support for the family.
When the home front costs and burdens fall repeatedly on the same shoulders, the anticipatory grief and trauma--secondary, intergenerational and betrayal--is exponential and increasingly acute.