Creative responses to a drug- or alcohol-related death:a socio-cultural analysis


Valentine, C. and Walter, J., 2015. Creative responses to a drug- or alcohol-related death:a socio-cultural analysis. Illness, Crisis, & Loss, 23 (4), pp. 310-322.

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    This article takes a socio-cultural approach to examining creative responses to a traumatic death and loss and their contribution to further understanding of grief, identity and continuing bonds. Based on qualitative interviews with family members bereaved after a drug or alcohol-related death, the article explores how, in circumstances which threaten identity and continuity of being, grief may find expression through public and private creativity. Indeed, such creativity was apparent despite negative cultural representations of such deaths invalidating the grief of those left behind, who may suffer profound guilt, isolation and disturbing memories. Whilst interviewees reported such negative effects, psychologically considered symptomatic of complicated grief disorder, they also conveyed creative responses to negative stereotypes, rebuilding identities and continuing bonds. These responses, through which interviewees communicated both vulnerability and resilience, revealed a complex and nuanced picture of grief following traumatic loss.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsValentine, C.and Walter, J.
    Uncontrolled Keywordstraumatic loss, continuing bonds, memory-making, disenfranchised grief, stigmatised death and loss, creative practices
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research Centres & Institutes > Institute for Policy Research
    Research CentresCentre for Death and Society
    ID Code42877


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