Feats do not die - psychoanalysis and end-of-life care

Juliana Castro-Arantes About the author

Abstract:

The present paper discusses the main problems raised by the psychologist's intervention on a palliative care unit, from a psychoanalytic perspective. Parting from fragments of clinical cases and literature passages, it debates issues like the finitude of the subject, grief and the transference relationship. It concludes that a place where the patient can be listened, may crystallize something from the subject's speech and even write his own history, in what can be called a process of subjective construction, at this terminal point of the existence.

Keywords:
Palliative care; desire; death; finitude; psychoanalysis.

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