This introductory chapter reflects on the experience of sadness and grief at various moments throughout the life of a therapist. It specifically addresses some of the factors that make it difficult for therapists to acknowledge and speak about the strong emotions they encounter over the course of their professional lives. It reviews some of the ways previous writers have conceptualized the process of grief and bereavement, and, finally, it introduces the notion of the “middle-distance” as a framework for considering the experience of grief and mourning. It argues the need for therapists to learn, over time, to tolerate some awareness of the pain of the loss in order to go on living and to find renewed pleasure in life.
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