Anticipation Worse Than Reality

There was an article in the New York Times magazine a few years ago about the anticipation of something being worse than the reality. People rated the emotions of a parent dying or of being in a car accident as much worse before it happened than after. There was a book or study by a professor that was quoted. I haven’t been able to find the article through Google or in LexisNexis archives, no matter what keywords I try. I was wondering if anyone could remember the name of the article or the book/study it was based on? It’s been driving me crazy for months now.