Grieving the losses of early childhood is the heart of the healing work we must do. The beginning stages of this process are undeniably the most difficult. When we first begin to feel some of the intense feelings we have repressed from childhood, we feel a natural fear that somehow our pain will be limitless. Countless clients have said to their therapists, "I'm afraid if I let myself cry, I will never stop!" Fear of being overwhelmed is the unavoidable demon we must wrestle with as we open the door to the truth of our unacknowledged feelings.
-- Eleanor D. Payson, The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, p. 85