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The narrative labyrinth of violent dying.

Authors
  • Rynearson, E K
Type
Published Article
Journal
Death studies
Publication Date
May 01, 2005
Volume
29
Issue
4
Pages
351–360
Identifiers
PMID: 15849883
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This essay outlines the dynamics of retelling the violent death of a loved one and the narrative "dilemma" of vulnerable family members fixated on retelling. To counter this fixation, the author presents a mythic retelling of violent death (the Myth of Theseus) as narrative basis for developing a restorative retelling. The essay begins by exploring the deformed and deforming structure of the violent dying story, then details the dynamics of its retelling and concludes by presenting a restorative retelling model for family members who cannot release themselves from the story for months or years after the violent dying.

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