Fred had been doing quite well, with his cancer officially in remission for quite some time. Lately, he had been having some pain in his abdomen, and he was beginning to feel worried that something might be seriously wrong. He called his doctor who ordered tests and a follow-up office appointment. Fred came to group a few days before the tests, openly expressing his fear and anxiety about a possible recurrence of his cancer. The group offered him, in this case, the group stone that had lived in this group for many years, serving the transitional object purpose. Group members passed the stone around, each person holding it for several minutes to pray, symbolically give it energy, or whatever form of supportive thoughts or feelings that member felt appropriate. Fred then took the stone with him when he had his tests and doctor's appointment, reporting later that the stone helped him remember all the others in group who had dealt with similar scenarios with success.
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