chapter  14
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Mourning Theory Reconsidered

The results of the study and advances in clinical theory indicated that a beginning reformulation of our theory of mourning is in order, if not long overdue. The data also demand that attempts be made to give a theoretical accounting for the observed differences in the mourning experiences of seropositive and seronegative men. Though discussed in the context of a population of gay men whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the HIV virus, the theoretical formulations are applicable to mourning theory in general and offer a framework for understanding not only the experience of mourning per se but phenomena both environmental and intrapsychic that can interfere with the process.