Bereavement: Personal Experiences and Clinical Reflections by Salman Akhtar, Gurmeet Kanwal

By Salman Akhtar, Gurmeet Kanwal

This can be a e-book approximately loss of life, loss, grief and mourning, yet with an strange twist. it truly is diversified in that it explores particular sorts of deaths encountered inside households and families, instead of basic ideas of mourning. it's much more strange simply because right here six psychoanalysts show how they've got suffered, processed, and survived losses of their personal lives; whilst bringing scientific and theoretical views of assorted psychoanalytic colleges to undergo all alone, in addition to others’, experiences.

The narratives during this publication use the facility of subjective event, as defined via psychoanalysts themselves, to appreciate, contextualize, and expand current scientific ways. every one bankruptcy addresses the demise of a special family member. The losses mentioned contain loss of life of a mom, dying of a father, demise of a sibling, dying of a wife, dying of a kid, and demise of a puppy (recognizing the deep value of pets in human households). those money owed are bookended through a bankruptcy reviewing the spectrum of emotional reactions to dying and present principles of grief and mourning, and a bankruptcy weaving jointly the various narratives in addition to exploring a few extra events and ideas.

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In this way the individual may acknowledge the reality of the death but not yet completely integrate the meaning and acceptance of the loss until the truth can be tolerated fully” (Malawista & Kanefield, 2013, p. 20). It is a way “to protect the psyche by having an alternate way of experiencing, a way of staving off an unbearable reality” (p. 21). In other words, children—and of course, adults too—protect themselves by allowing their attention to wander away to a safe place. As with any emotional defense, it is useful to think of it as occurring along a spectrum.

Brief comments on these now follow. Children’s capacity to mourn Outstanding contributions to this important area of concern have been made by Bowlby (1960, 1961), Wolfenstein (1969, 1973), and E. Furman (1974). Bowlby (1960, 1961) observed the suffering of a large number of children orphaned (or traumatically separated from their parents) during World War II, and based upon this experience identified three phases of mourning: protest, despair, and detachment. He surmised these phases to reflect anxiety, sadness, and retreat, respectively.

A fire becomes, not less, but more truly a fire as it burns faster. It’s the being consumed that pushes back the darkness, illumines whatever there is of good in our days and nights. If it weren’t brief, it wouldn’t be precious. Let me say it flatly: we are lucky we die and anyone who pushes away the awareness of death lives but half a life. Pity him. (p. 68) Notes 1. The sole psychoanalytic paper on “sinking feeling” (Hitchcock, 1984) suggests that it reflects the acceptance of a repudiated piece of reality and that “[T]his event, while manifested at any libidinal level of organization, has separation as a common denominator” (p.

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