Re313 lesson 1: a brief history of theories about grief. Elisabeth k bler-ross: k bler-ross is almost singularly responsible for initiating the interest in and on-going studies of death and dying. Freud"s mourning and melancholia : we"ll come back to look more closely at the influence of her model and its critics, but for now let"s continue our examination of freud"s earliest conception of grieving. In this highly influential detachment model of mourning, freud was perhaps only giving voice to a common sentiment of the times. Mourning and melancholia (written in 1915, but published in 1917) and on transience (written in 1916) were composed during world war i: referring specifically to on transience , and especially the last line of this essay where. In some places in madagascar, a radio that has been placed next to the body of the deceased is switched on just before the grave is closed.