Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To keep track of most popular articles…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can always keep track of the Most Popular Journal Articles on PEP Web by checking the PEP tab found on the homepage.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Aronson, S. (2009). The (Un)Designated Mourner: When the Analyst's Patient Dies. Contemp. Psychoanal., 45(4):545-560.

(2009). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 45(4):545-560

The (Un)Designated Mourner: When the Analyst's Patient Dies

Seth Aronson, Psy.D.

A mourner faces the difficult tasks of detaching from, yet remaining connected to, the lost object. He or she is helped, in part, by a variety of public and private memorializing activities. But what happens when the bereaved is an analyst mourning the death of a patient? The rituals designed to provide solace are not available; despite having known the patient in a most personal, intimate way, the analyst remains outside the community of mourners. This description of the analyst's experience of the untimely death of a young patient provides clinical material for how language, symbol, and community may help the analyst at a difficult time.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.