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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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The Loss of an Institution

The Loss of an Institution

Mourning Chestnut Lodge

(p.158) Chapter 9 The Loss of an Institution
The Therapist in Mourning

Richard M. Waugaman

Columbia University Press

In this chapter, the author shares his grief about the closure of Chestnut Lodge. He says that while mourning the loss of an institution may seem trivial, the editors' invitation to contribute to the present volume tapped into his deep need to rework his feelings about losing the Lodge. He first attempts to convey some of the reasons that working at the Lodge had such a powerful emotional meaning for him. He then explores his mourning process after leaving the Lodge in 1999 and after it closed in 2001. He draws extensively on his personal correspondence with Harold Searles, his well-known predecessor at the Lodge, to illustrate his process of grieving and working through.

Keywords:   therapists, Chestnut Lodge, grief, loss, institutions

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