Remembering to forget: the memory of pain in mourning and consoling

This article discusses sources for the ancient tradition of consoling and other variations of the medicine of the soul, in order to examine the specific dimension of memory during mourning. In particular, the author analyses how memory was defined and, especially, its relationships to the origin and permanence of the pain of the soul. Finally, therefore, the functions of memory in early modern therapeutic practices are discussed.

Memory; pain of the soul; mourning; consoling; psychoanalysis


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