chapter  4
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DESPAIR: SAYING GOOD-BYE TO WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN OR COULD BE

Our patients have now dealt with their pain, their fear, their anger, and their gui lt , and naturally they will feel that this is a wonderful time to experience new growth and healing. Another part of them recognizes the difficult truth that they have missed out on what they should have had as children. They were robbed of a reasonable childhood. Much of their lives has been spent in trying to fe-create that childhood and meet the needs that should have been met when they were young. It is not hard for them to realize through role play, observations , interpretations and discussions just how much they missed as children. No one and no situation can recreate that childhood because each building block is age and stage speci fic.