Bereavement Narratives: Continuing bonds in the twenty-first by Christine Valentine

By Christine Valentine

Bereavement is usually taken care of as a mental of the person with either fit and pathological varieties. besides the fact that, this empirically-grounded research argues that this isn't continually the simplest or basically approach to aid the bereaved. In a thorough departure, it emphasises normality and social and cultural range in grieving. Exploring the importance of the loss of life person’s ultimate moments should you are left in the back of, this publication sheds new mild at the number of ways that bereaved humans hold their dating with useless household and the way the lifeless hold an important social presence within the lives of the dwelling. It attracts functional conclusions for execs relating to the complicated and social nature of grief and the worth put on definitely the right to grieve in one’s personal approach – helping and inspiring the bereaved individual to articulate their very own adventure and locate their very own equipment of coping. according to new empirical learn, Bereavement Narratives is an leading edge and important learn for all scholars and researchers of loss of life, loss of life and bereavement.

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Doctors, rather than family and priest, took centre stage and became responsible for managing the deathbed (Porter, 1989). As a result the focus of attention has shifted away from the ‘inevitable’, or the dying person’s pending death, and any support they may need to prepare for this practically, emotionally and spiritually. Rather, in the hands of the medical profession, dying has become a condition to be treated and death the result of treatment failure (Prior, 1989). The image of the dying person remaining conscious 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 11 12 131 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 22 Preserving and affirming personhood 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 and interactive has given way to that of the drug-induced patient in a state of unconsciousness.

This exploration draws attention to the way people shifted between discourses, and negotiated paradox and ambiguity to produce highly individual accounts that are characterised by ambivalence and contingency. This chapter highlights and illustrates the relationship between individual and cultural perspectives in terms of the individual’s reflexive reworking of events in which memories are subject to an ongoing process of interpretative reconstruction (Giddens, 1991). For in the process of reconstructing their loved ones’ dying, narrators demonstrated a high degree of reflexivity.

They betrayed the narrator’s own ambivalence in this and his or her consequent struggle to hold onto a loved one’s personhood in the face of the impact of his or her failing physical and mental capacities. This chapter highlights the extent to which bereaved individuals were preoccupied with trying to preserve and affirm the personhood of dying loved ones in order to achieve a good death. This preoccupation suggests that the experience of bereavement may provide the impetus to reconstruct a loved one’s personhood in relation to the way that he or she died.

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