Social Support and the Alleviation Of Loss

  • Margaret S. Stroebe
  • Wolfgang Stroebe
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 24)


The earliest treatise on grief and mourning to which researchers working in the area of bereavement invariably refer is Freud’s 1917 paper “Mourning and Melancholia”. The ideas expressed in this monograph became not only the basis for the psychoanalytic theory of depression, but also greatly influenced later conceptions of the emotion of grief. Central to Freud’s approach was the notion of the “work of mourning” or “grief work”, whereby he meant the process through which the grieving survivor becomes free of his or her ties to the deceased, achieving a gradual detachment by means of reviewing the past and dwelling on memories of the deceased.


Social Support General Health Questionnaire Instrumental Support High Distress Deficit Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret S. Stroebe
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Stroebe
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TübingenGermany

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