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The Summons of Love$
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Mari Ruti

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158169

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158169.001.0001

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The Initiations of Sadness

The Initiations of Sadness

(p.126) [ 8 ] The Initiations of Sadness
The Summons of Love

Mari Ruti

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes the experience of losing a loved one. It is devastating to give up a loved one, even though separation is necessary. The process of reconfiguring one's inner world to accommodate the void left by the absent person can be demanding. Ultimately, it forces anyone to reconceive who they are. This is the reason why the initial stage of loss is often split between the need for inner regeneration and the desire to remain faithful to the lost loved one. On the one hand, a person who becomes separated from his partner wishes to transcend the past so as to be free to strive into the future. On the other hand, he may feel slightly guilty about overcoming his loss.

Keywords:   love, loss, separation, inner regeneration, partner, loved one

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