ANTICIPATORY GRIEF

sorrow and grief associated with the expectation that a valued person will die soon - similar to the grief encountered after death. This may be adaptive in cushioning the impact of grief or maladaptive in causing withdrawal from the ill person. See also complicated grief- traumatic grief.

ANTICIPATORY GRIEF: "The person who discovered his or her mother was about to die experienced anticipatory grief, and cried continually prior to the death occurring. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANTICIPATORY GRIEF," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anticipatory-grief/ (accessed October 17, 2019).
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