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The Therapist in Mourning
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The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby

Kerry Malawista and Anne Adelman

Abstract

The unexpected loss of a client can be a lonely and isolating experience for therapists. While family and friends can ritually mourn the deceased, the nature of the therapeutic relationship prohibits therapists from engaging in such activities. Practitioners can only share memories of a client in circumscribed ways, while respecting the patient's confidentiality. Therefore, they may find it difficult to discuss the things that made the therapeutic relationship meaningful. Similarly, when a therapist loses someone in their private lives, they are expected to isolate themselves from grief, since ... More

Keywords: therapists, client, therapeutic relationship, grief, personal life, self-discovery, healing, empathy, client death, patient suicide

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156998
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156998.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kerry Malawista, editor

Anne Adelman, editor

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