The Three Legged Stool: On the Death of a Brother

September 9, 2014 4:17 PM

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On July 23, my beloved older brother Jim died, and it rocked my world. When I'm grieving, my personal inclination is to search for words to describe how I'm feeling in hopes that it will soothe my aching heart. Additionally, as a practicing psychoanalyst, perhaps I can even help someone else who is experiencing a similar loss.

Curiously, there is a lack of information in clinical literature about the loss of a sibling in later life. In fact, the books that I did find on the subject all mentioned that there are few studies. There's also little acknowledgment about the loss of the very people who helped shape us, who are ex...

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