A 37-year-old woman is dying from stage four breast cancer. The nurse knows that there is anticipatory grief when the woman:


•Discussing thoughts and feelings associated with loss indicates the presence of anticipatory grief.

•By observing a dying patient’s behavior, the nurse will be able to tell the patient’s stage of grief. It is important to be observant and sensitive so that an appropriate nursing diagnosis can be developed with the corresponding plan of care.

•The other options show dysfunctional grieving. The words ignores, prolonged, and unrealistic provides a clue that these options are incorrect.

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