Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Mourning Unlived Lives

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Mourning Unlived Lives

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Mourning Unlived Lives by Judith A. Savage

This book is an excellent applied theoretical treatise for mental health professionals on the factors influencing bereavement as relates to the impact and dynamics their clients/patients experience with reproductive perinatal loss (miscarriage, still births, neonatal death). As a person who has also sustained many losses in her life, including a perinatal loss, Ms. Savage sensitively presents the intrapsychic conflicts couples (especially mothers) experience, as well as the difficulty they encounter, in resolving such a loss because of the lack of history Qength of time) and a concretized relationship between the parent(s) and prenate/neonate. She also clearly elucidates how this type of loss more intricately and profoundly affects those who experience such a loss for a prolonged period of time when not grieved to resolution.

As a Jungian analyst, she uses this frame of reference to show the influence of the symbolic images common to all humankind on attachment and separation/loss in contrast to the limited perspective of the traditional Freudian psychoanalytical interpretation of grieving lost relationships. …

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