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Part One: Loss as Individual and Collective

  • Maram Masarwi
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)

Abstract

Part One of the five main chapters that follow, Loss as individual and collective, deals with the impact of traumatic loss on the bereaved parents and addresses the sudden breakdown of the bereaved parents’ basic existential assumptions, as they seek to understand and explain the meaning of life and death. The parents I interviewed had diverse responses along a spectrum of teleological reactions to their loss and their trauma. The responses of these parents are arrayed along two planes, the individual/personal and the collective/national. On the individual plane, news of the traumatic loss of their child generally came to the parents quite suddenly, as a complete surprise, leaving them devastated and with little interest in living; later on, they come to feel that time is not healing, but rather the opposite. The loss is correlated with deterioration in the parents’ health and in their cognitive functioning. With regard to the collective national level, the findings show that the rather frequent incidence of this kind of trauma in Palestinian society tends to perpetuate the bereaved parents’ feelings of loss, turning the experience of their private bereavement into an ongoing trauma and intensifying their feelings of loss, fear and insecurity. This chapter elucidates the connection between the private grief of bereaved Palestinian parents and the grief that is felt on the national plane.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maram Masarwi
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  1. 1.Minerva Humanities CenterTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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