From Loss to Renunciation

Issue 4 : October, 2012
ISBN : 9782749234342

From birth to death, loss, grief and renunciation are part of life and build the foundations of each individual’s identity. May it be the loss of the other, loss of oneself or in oneself, may it be an imposed or necessary grief, may it be fantasized or real, bereavement concerns the individual just like the group and every clinician is confronted daily, when encountering his patient, to this question of loss.

Bereavement counseling is more or less facilitated or obstructed according to the echo of the experience of loss in each individual, according to one’s story or psychic functioning. Therefore, form sadness to intense pain, from desperate grip on a lost object to potential renunciation, overcoming this hardship can be declined in various matters and shows multiple clinical shapes and forms.

But loss and grief also carries within mutative and fertile movements: they can deliver a dynamic of changes, separating the individual from mortifying repetitions. Therapeutic pathways such as those offered by a care institution may be an opportunity to redevelop processes towards new investments.


Julien BARUTEAU - Garance BELAMICH - Thomas CASCALES - Vincent CHARAZAC - Charlotte COSTANTINO - Séverine DELIEUTRAZ - Stéphane DEROCHE - Nathalie DURIEZ - Élisabeth FERREIRA - Nadège KAFOA - Juan-David NASIO - Romain PAGER - Evgenia PAPATHANASIOU - Anaïs RESTIVO-MARTIN - Vanessa ROUMILHAC - Anastasia TOLIOU - Philippe ZAWIEJA

Table of contents

Editorial. P de Saint Jacob

Introduction. C. Costantino


Clinical Crossroads

From a Weaker Stimulus Barrier of the Psychological Envelope to a Stronger Home Envelope: A Home-Care Case Study. R. Pager

Grieving a Diagnosis: An Unstable Identity. T. Cascales and J. Baruteau


Therapeutic Changes

“I Came to Tell You I’m Leaving”: A Photolangage© Group Faces Loss. A. Restivo-Martin and V. Charazac

Lose and Losing Oneself: Group Analysis Work with Long-Term Psychotic Patients. E. Papathanasiou and A. Toliou

Family Therapy: Ambiguous Loss, Ambiguous Relationships, and Addiction. N. Duriez


Theoretical Promenade

Depression as a Reaction to the Loss of an Illusion. J.-D. Nasio

There Is So Much at Stake in Adolescence! The Function of Memorializing in the Renunciation Process. G. Belamich and C. Costantino

From Loss to Renunciation: A Treatment for Alcoholism. S. Déroche


Intersecting Reflections

Powerlessness and the Caregiver: From Loss to Renewed Enthusiasm. S. Delieutraz

At Home in a Nursing Home? E. Ferreira and P. Zawieja

Giving Up or Self-Renewal in the Elderly? N. Kafoa and V. Roumilhac

See also

Le Symptôme : un allié?

The symptom : a ally?

L'insolence du symptôme

The insolence of the symptom

Intimité dévoilée, intime à retrouver

Intimacy unveiled, intimate to be regained

L'intime à l'épreuve de la vie institutionnelle

The Challenge of Intimacy in a Care Institution

Faut-il avoir peur des institutions de soin?

Should we be Afraid of Care Institutions?

Les figures de la peur en institution

Fear figures in the institution

La vie quotidienne en institution : aliénation ou libération ?

Everyday Life in institutions : alienation or freedom?

La vie quotidienne : le véritable enjeu du soin psychique en institution ?

« Everyday Life : Institutional Care’s True Stake ? »

Les fonctions de la répétition

Repetition’s Functions

La répétition : entre résistance et changement

Repetition : from Resistance to Change ?

Les médiations : un dispositif thérapeutique ?

Mediations : a therapeutic device ?

Médiations, lien et symbolisation

Mediations, bonding and symbolization

L'acte : court-circuit ou relance ?

The act : short circuit or revival ?

Clinique de l'agir : décharge ou adresse objectale ?

Acting Out : Discharge or Object Intent?

La dépendance : de la fusion à la confusion

Dependency : from Fusion to Confusion

Dépendances avec fin, dépendances sans fin

Dependency with an End, Dependency without End

Ordres et désordres de l'oralité aux différents âges de la vie

Orality Orders and Disorders at Different Times of Life

Du traumatisme aux voies thérapeutiques possibles

From Trauma to Possible Therapeutic Paths

De la perte au renoncement

From Loss to Renunciation

Les enjeux de la pluridisciplarité

The Challenges of Multidisciplinarity

De l'effraction au traumatisme

From Intrusion to Trauma

Contenance et soin psychique

Containers and Psychic Care


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