The Treatment of Established Pathological Mourners

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After the death of someone greatly valued, the grief-stricken relative or friend goes through consecutive phases of mourning. When the process develops complications, clinical research shows that fixation usually occurs at one specific phase—that in which the mourner is in a limbo of uncertainty about the death and yearns to bring the dead to life. The situation is complex inasmuch as along with the longing to restore the dead is a dread of ever seeing him again. These conflicting emotions result in the picture of established pathological grief with its characteristic underlying psychodynamic processes. Once diagnosed, this condition may be successfully treated by a method of brief psychotherapy called re-grief work. (34 pp.)

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