2015: Issue 2
This second issue features a range of papers on the topic: ‘Grief and multi-storied remembrance’. It begins with a paper by Mohamed Fareez from Singapore about his development of a ‘Life certificate’ to sit alongside the conventional death certificate.
The second paper is a long-awaited narrative resource for families who have lost a loved one to suicide. It’s entitled, ‘Holding our heads up: We have lost loved ones to suicide and want to share stories not stigma – A resource for families who have lost loved ones to suicide’, compiled by Marnie Sather and David Newman.
This is followed by a paper by Marnie Sather, entitled ‘Saying Hello, Goodbye or both?’ in response to the complex experience of women who have lost a male partner to suicide after also experiencing violence or abuse at the hands of the male partner.
This section concludes with two papers about narrative practices responding to children and young people with cancer and their families. The first is from Carolyn Ng from Singapore. The second from Linda Moxley-Haegert in Canada.
We believe these diverse and thoughtful papers make a significant contribution to the field in relation to responding to those in grief. Two further papers are included in this issue. ‘Helping the helpers: An Employee Assistance Program responds to hospital trauma’ by Kevin Geraghty. And ‘Naming problems as political action’ by Ron Findlay.
Holding our heads up: We have lost loved ones to suicide and want to share stories not stigma A resource for families who have lost loved ones to suicide Compiled— Marnie Sather and David Newman
Within these pages are stories and wisdoms from many people who have had to deal with a suicide of a loved one. They have been generously shared from diverse places: Australia, Denmark, Israel, Nigeria, South Africa, United States, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Amongst honouring the heartache and loss of the suicide of a loved one, these stories also shine a light on the often small acts that people use to get through such an experience.
Leaving a legacy’ and ‘Letting the legacy live’: Using narrative practices while working with children and their families in a child palliative care program— Linda Moxley-Haegert
This article provides an overview of narrative practices used with children who are dying and their families in a hospital palliative care setting. Narrative practices of subordinate storyline development, remembering conversations and definitional ceremony, living documents, and collective narrative practice, are used to allow children to ‘leave a legacy’, and for parents to ‘let the legacy live’. This piece also includes reflections on working in bilingual contexts, as well as some ethical considerations of working with children in oncology settings.
Helping the helpers: An Employee Assistance Program responds to hospital trauma— Kevin Geraghty
This article describes the evolution of services provided to employees of a regional medical center who experience traumatic incidents in the course of their work. The author provides a policy and procedure document and a detailed description of how the services are structured. In closing, he offers a shift of perspective, moving from ‘getting over’ trauma to deciding how it might be helpfully remembered.
Naming problems as political action— Ron Findlay
There is no ‘Political Practices in Therapy Hall of Fame’ but it can be fun to imagine one. If so, which narrative therapy practices might we propose for membership and why? This piece explores a few of the author’s favourite candidates which relate to naming problems in externalising conversations. This piece also emphasises how ‘therapeutic’ narrative practices are ‘political practices’.