Year: 1974 Source: New York: Columbia University Press, 1974. p.26-30 SIEC No: 19830118

Anticipatory grief is a rehearsal of what to expect after an impending loss. Its effectiveness depends on the type of loss, the degree of emotional attachment & acceptance of the loss. With an impending death, grief work begins before death. Preparations include deliberation about role functioning after the death. It can be viewed as a period of socialization into a bereaved role. It can present false promises based on unrealistic assessments of the future.(DO)