The Effects of Anticipatory Grief on Intrapersonal Development

Matthew L. Fenstermaker


This article will examine the effects of anticipatory grief and its effects on Baxter Magolda’s (2004) theory on intrapersonal development. Aldrich (1974) defined anticipatory grief as the
process of grief that occurs prior to a loss versus grief that occurs after a loss (as cited in Sweeting & Gilhooly, 1990, p. 1073). For some undergraduate students, the deaths of close friends or family are unexpected and happen quickly, therefore causing the grieving process to begin after the death. Others may be dealing with terminal illness and must live with the anticipation of death causing the grieving process to begin before the death occurs. This phenomenon is known as “anticipatory grief.” The following article will provide insights about anticipatory grief and strategies for student affairs professionals.

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