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Ludlam, M. (2014). Editorial. Cpl. Fam. Psychoanal., 4(2):vii-viii.

(2014). Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 4(2):vii-viii

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Molly Ludlam

In this second issue of Volume 4 of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, we pay tribute to Barbara Dearnley, who sadly died in February this year. Couple psychotherapy, as a profession, has particular cause to be very grateful to her as one of its founding mothers. For evidence of this in this issue, readers are encouraged to make links between Barbara's own republished paper Psychotherapy in Translation, Catriona Wrottesley's interview with her in Meeting the Author, and the Appreciation which was Christopher Clulow's and Christopher Vincent's eloquent and loving eulogy at her funeral, which is accompanied lastly, but not least, by two of Barbara's poems.

Many of us will have warm memories of Barbara Dearnley. My own include meeting her in a workshop at the 2001 International Couple Psychotherapy conference in Oxford. She had a rare gift of being able to be simultaneously direct, down-to-earth, and yet kind. Readers of the Journal will have already appreciated her warmth from her own tribute to Robert Morley (Couple and Family Psychoanalysis, 2(1), 2012: 127-129). Later, Barbara and I corresponded over publishing her poems. Having recently returned from hospital, she said, “It was a treat [in the Journal] to be called—primarily—a poet rather than therapist, it made me a new woman for a time!” I was also very interested in her other more recent post-retirement work with King's College Hospital NHS Trust with which she worked over several years to develop a “Dignity Toolkit” for staff.

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