Recovery, Retrieval and Healing
This chapter documents the authors’ histories and explains how their academic and personal concerns have come to mesh in this book. It introduces their thinking about death, trauma and loss and shows why the concept of ‘recovery’ is important to them, both in terms of healing and recollection. It also provides a rationale for the form and style of the book, explaining the importance of reflexivity in areas of heightened emotional and political sensitivity, and the value of life writing as a vehicle for participating in a reflexive turn. Finally, it sets up the notion of legacy and the requirements legacies can impose, whether they come in the form of oral histories or material inheritance.