Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 121–135 | Cite as

The expression of mourning in an eight-year-old girl

  • Diane Lorraine Savin


This is a case of a just-turned eight-year-old girl whose mother was murdered on September 18, 1983. Since the child was already in treatment, the mourning process started immediately and continued until the end of June 1984. The case is distinctive because of the relative ease with which this child was engaged in the process and educated to it. Unconscious feelings readily emerged because they had been so recently repressed. The mourning was accomplished mainly through the process of interpretation of her play and behavior, although at times she would bring things up directly. The focus of therapy remained on the mourning during the entire nine months of treatment.


Relative Ease Mourn Process 
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