• Creating stories of hope: A narrative approach to illness, death and grief— Lorraine Hedtke Quick View

    A narrative approach allows psychosocial teams to stand alongside children who have cancer, or life-threatening illnesses, and their families at critical times and to create stories of agency. Rather than dwelling on stories of loss and despair that potentially enfeeble families, a narrative approach builds on stories of strength that engender hope by asking questions that separate the person from the problem. Developing such stories supports people in taking action against the effects of cancer. It also facilitates the formation of a legacy that can sustain family members, even after the death of a child. This legacy serves as the foundation for remembering the dead, folding their stories into the lives of the living, and constructing lines of relational connection that can transcend physical death. Not only do families benefit from this approach, but the psychosocial team that provides professional and medical services can be uplifted through witnessing practices of strength and love in the face of hardship.

  • Passing hope around: Youth messaging strategies for becoming drug-free— Warren Whyte Quick View

    Collective narrative practice facilitates geographically separated groups of people to share their experience and wisdom in standing up to common problems. This article documents a particular collective narrative practice between a group of youth in prison at Burnaby Youth Custody Services and a group of youth in treatment for substance misuse at Peak House in Vancouver, Canada. The purpose of outlining this exchange of solution knowledges is to highlight certain practical and theoretical aspects of collective practices that were effective for the youth, in order to continue the narrative discussion for future practitioners. By assuming the youth had healing knowledges, by providing them with a relevant audience, and by offering them the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to others; this writer was able to facilitate young people in sharing their own solutions with each other in mutual encouragement against a common social issue. Exchanging collective narrative documents with other youth seemed to cultivate a sense of self-determination towards therapeutic work, a feeling of solidarity and belonging with similar strugglers, and a sense of hope and enthusiasm that change is indeed possible.

  • Lighting a Candle… Finding a Way Forward: The Work of ‘the Way’: The Palestinian Organisation for Development and Democracy— Virginia Leake Quick View

    This interview took place in Ramallah, in the Palestinian Territories. It describes the work of a new Palestinian organisation The Way: The Palestinian Organisation for Development and Democracy which seeks to build a Palestinian civil society and achieve an independent Palestine through non-violent resistance. This interview traces the history of this organisation’s work, the challenges being faced, the projects they are developing, and a philosophy that engenders hope. The interviewer was Virginia Leake, who works for Dulwich Centre Publications. Angel Yuen and Ruth Pluznick were also present.

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