chapter  4
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The Changing Bond in Therapy for Unresolved Loss: An Attachment Theory Perspective: Nigel P. Field and Carol Wogrin

According to attachment theory, although most self-evident in childhood, the individual never outgrows the need for supportive and nurturing relationships (Karen, 1994). In such attachment relationships across the life cycle, the experience of “felt security”—or sense of safety in knowing that a close other is physically and psychologically available if needed-is afforded through the attachment bond (Waters &

Cummings, 2000). It therefore follows that as a result of this other’s death, this felt security supplied via the regulating function of the attachment bond is lost.