With the rise of psychoanalysis came a shift in attention from the communal to the individual experience. Only two years after Emile Durkheim wrote about mourning as an essential social process, Freud's "Mourning and Melancholia" Defined it as something fundamentally private and individual. In a stroke, the work of mourning had bceome internalized. As Aries says, withing a few generations grief had undergone a fundamental change: death and mourning had been largely removed from the public realm.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Emergence of the individual mind-set?
Good Grief: Is there a better way to be bereaved?
By Meghan O'Rourke
The New Yorker, February 1, 2010, p. 71.