Year: 1977 Source: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, v.47, no.2, (1977), p.196-206 SIEC No: 19820258

The prevalent approach to understanding of and clinical intervention in the process of mourning employs a model based on stages of bereavement. This paper suggests a theoretical conception that is not tied to a fixed order of emotional states. Two dimensions: closeness of relationship and mourner’s perception of preventability of the death are identified as prime predictors of the intensity and duration of bereavement.