"Eugene Kaplan" <[log in to unmask]>
The first action your friend should take is to consult a colleague of
the deceased analyst. If the latter's answering service does not
provide a number to call, the directory of the American
Psychoanalytic Association, on their website at www.apsa.org,
has geographical listing.
My second suggestion is a traumatic bereavement support group.
Inquire at the local hospital or human services clearing house.
I am not aware of any literature specifically addressed to patients
whose analysts or therapists died suddenly. In the psychoanalytic
literature, a questionnaire survey of 27 analysands whose analysts
died in the midst of treatment found 10 severe grief reactions (over
one year). The older the patient, the longer in analysis, the more
previous losses and separations, and the more unexpected the
death, the greater the likely severity (Lord R, Ritvo S, Solnit AZ
(1978) Patients' reactions to the death of the psychoanalyst. Int J
Eugene H. Kaplan, M. D.
Professor of Neuropsychiatry & Behav Sci.
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine
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Columbia, SC 29203-6815
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