This book deals with obstacles in the mourning process as experienced in individual cases and in large groups, in normative and in life-threatening situations. Rich in clinical examples from the author's practice, it describes the therapeutic tools that the author employed to achieve healthy outcomes. Additionally, the book focuses on various defenses, their function and importance, and on the difficulty of relinquishing them-and highlights the therapist's dilemmas in these contexts.
Ilany Kogan serves as training analyst of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society and chief supervisor of The Center of Psychotherapy for the Child and Adolescent in Bucharest, Romania. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Fritz Bauer Institute for Holocaust Studies in Frankfurt, Germany. Additionally, she is a teacher and supervisor of members and candidates of the Munchner Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Psychoanalyse in Munich, as well as of the staff of Eppendorf University Hospital's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Hamburg.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Revisiting defenses against pain and mourning Part 3 Obstacles to individual mourning Chapter 4 Forever young Chapter 5 Lust for love Part 6 Unresolved mourning and its bearing on society Chapter 7 Introduction Chapter 8 Romania and its unresolved mourning Chapter 9 From enactment to mental representation Chapter 10 Trauma, resilience and creative activity Chapter 11 On being a dead, beloved child Part 12 Obstacles to mourning in an age of terror Chapter 13 Who am I-Trauma and identity Chapter 14 The role of the analyst in the analytic cure during times of chronic stress Chapter 15 Working with Holocaust survivors' offspring in the shadow of terror Part 16 Epilogue