Is there a word (or short phrase) that can be used for the feeling that accompanies the death of (a) hope? Specifically for something long term, like in a failing relationship or other similar loss (friends, jobs, etc.), where there might be multiple "hopes" that can die independently.
I do not feel that "Impending demise" or similar expressions are right, because they are more logical projections, rather than the actual emotion that is felt as a result. Dread also is not correct, because dread implies a fear that is not meant to be present in this usage - the emotion is more of a neutral/muted emption.
As I sat there watching my girlfriend stew in anger, I felt ____ as I realized once again that we were probably heading for a breakup.
This feeling is not about the hope being gone, but more about having had a lot of hope before, and now there is not as much and one more hope just died.