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The Therapist in MourningFrom the Faraway Nearby$
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Kerry Malawista and Anne Adelman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156998

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156998.001.0001

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Little Boy Lost

Little Boy Lost

Chapter:
(p.93) Chapter 5 Little Boy Lost
Source:
The Therapist in Mourning
Author(s):

Arlene Kramer Richards

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156998.003.0006

In this chapter, the author describes the grief she experienced following the death of a child patient whose parent had prematurely terminated her son's therapy the year before. She was haunted by her feelings of helplessness, which interfered with her ability to mourn and reawakened memories of earlier and painful losses. She suggests that “rather than viewing mourning as a process of moving through the defined stages of denial, rage, sadness, and acceptance, all of these emotions are experienced in doses, separated by periods of functioning in the world.” She examines a number of defenses that protect an individual from feeling overwhelmed in the face of loss, and emphasizes that mourning is made bearable by the ability to share it with others.

Keywords:   grief, children, child patients, therapists, mourning, loss, patient death

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