Żałoba i baśnie


The author writes about the therapeutic function of fables. In order to present her case she analyses one of the Brother Grimms’ fable The Death Gown showing how its symbolic plot introduces the child into the issue of death. At the same time the author reflects on the modern approach to death and mourning, stressing the fact that we are witnessing a process of breaking the taboo of silence concerning dying and death. In modern age culture, especially in mass culture, death is taboo; we don’t know how to speak about it, we face it either helplessly, or full of fear. Psychological self-isolation of people in mourning contributes to the creation of a peculiar mass-media illusion that death, pain and mourning have a marginal meaning. The author tries to throw light on this experience showing its psychological and pedagogical aspects.