The process of mourning sometimes begins before we lose a close person. This happens when we have a close relative who is severely ill who has suffered a life-threatening injury or a terminal illness. The expectation of loss occurs when death, although not occurred, is inevitable. The expectation of loss often begins when we learn that death is likely to occur. In these cases, grief is a process that encompasses all concerned. Like those who await the loss, but also the man who awaits his death. Relatives and caregivers are also affected and prepared for loss and separation.