October Monthly Meeting with George Hagman, PhD

October 4, 2023

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Central Time)
We welcome you to join as early as 7:20 to connect with colleagues.

Zoom Virtual Event

1.5 CEs


Members: Free
Non-Members: $30

Instructional Level: Intermediate – Advanced

George Hagman discusses the multiple sources of the recent comprehensive reconsideration of psychoanalytic mourning theory. In particular Mr. Hagman will discuss his own experiences of bereavement and how as part of his recovery from these devastating losses, he was lead to challenge and revise many aspects of what his calls the Standard Model of Mourning which psychoanalysis has promoted for the past 100 years. Mr. Hagman will lay out the framework of New Mourning theory which emphasizes the relational context of bereavement, the diversity of mourning processes, and the complex, often enduring, attachment which the survivor establishes with the deceased. The cultural context of bereavement will be emphasized with a special focus on mourning as a relational process. Finally, treatment implications will be elaborated on.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the assessment and diagnosis of patients who have suffered bereavement.
  2. Develop treatment plans and interventions which more accurately address successful resolution of mourning.


George Hagman is a clinical social worker and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut. A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, he is on the faculty of the TRISP, and the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. George has presented his work both nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops. He is the author of published papers on bereavement and mourning, notably, Mourning: A Review and Reconsideration in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Role of the Other in Mourning in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and Beyond Decathexis: Towards a New Understanding and Treatment of Mourning in Meaning Reconstruction and the Experience of Loss, edited by Robert Neimeyer for the APA Press. In 2016 he published a collection of New Mourning papers in New Models of Bereavement Theory and Treatment: New Mourning published by Routledge. And finally this year he authored the chapter Psychoanalytic Approaches to Grief Therapy in The Handbook of Grief Therapies published by Sage Press


Norlock, Kathryn J. “Real (and) imaginal relationships with the dead.” The Journal of value inquiry 51 (2017): 341-356.

Klass, D., & Walter, T. (2001). Processes of grieving: How bonds are continued. In M. S. Stroebe, R. O. Hansson, W. Stroebe, & H. Schut (Eds.), Handbook of bereavement research: Consequences, coping, and care (pp. 431–448). 

Neimeyer, Robert A., Dennis Klass, and Michael Robert Dennis. “A social constructionist account of grief: Loss and the narration of meaning.” Death studies 38.8 (2014): 485-498.

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