Year: 1974 Source: Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association, (October 1974), p.834-835 SIEC No: 19820843

This article examines the developmental significance of loss. The process of mourning is explained as an individual’s attempt to resolve & assess loss. The author believes that theformation of stable, nonpathological relationships signals the end of mourning. The term separation-individuation is introduced & discussed. Various suggestions for the treatment of loss are offered. The manner in which loss was handled early in life will often determine how each successive loss will be dealt with.