Bearing Isolation and Sorrow: Chronic Mourning in Clinicians
It is 10 minutes before the ‰nal session of a long analysis. Everything looks pretty much as usual. My chair sits in its place. The couch is crowned by its pillow, covered by a clean paper towel that demonstrates my attention to hygiene. I stare at a blank piece of paper. This is the last time that my patient and I will ever meet. Should I take notes? Generally I take at least a full page of notes, during every session, so I can at least glance at them before the beginning of the next time. But now there will be no next time.