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Bassin, D. (2016). The Mourning After. PEP Video Grants, 1(2):12.
(2016). PEP Video Grants, 1(2):12
The Mourning After
Writer and Director Donna Bassin, Ph.D.
An Interview with: Michael Blake, David Cline, Maurice Decaul, Diane Carlson Evans, Stan Goff, Stuart Kestenbaum, Edie McCoy-Meeks, Artie Muller, Abbie Pickett, Ward Reilly, Garett Reppenhagen, Fred Twombly, Eli Wright, Donna Bassin, Ph.D., Ghislaine Boulanger, Ph.D., Martha Bragin, Ph.D., Sue Grand, Ph.D., Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Thomas McGoldrick., Ph.D., Joyce Slochower, Ph.D., Nina K. Thomas, Ph.D.
Producer and Editor Jamie Thalman
One doesn’t heal from war; one learns to surrender to its complicated traumatic impact.
As veterans struggle with their losses, they have found ways to address and work through
the moral injury and PTS with which they contend. They witness their losses via
engagement in community activism, memorializing rituals, and acts of artistic and poetic
creation. The Mourning After, a sequel to the award-winning documentary, Leave No
Soldier, follows the efforts of some veterans to transform themselves and their
communities from bystanders to attuned witnesses of the consequences of war. A
round-table discussion by senior psychoanalysts, experts in the dynamics of traumatic
mourning, illuminates the therapeutic action embedded in these restorative and
redemptive activities. The Mourning After provides clinicians with a deeper
understanding of the mental health needs of our returning service personnel and their
families. It enriches contemporary psychoanalytic theories of catastrophic grief and
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