Solidarity in Times of Existential Crises in a Quantum World: Mapping Concepts and Weaving Field Narratives of Tragic Loss to Guide Those Left Behind



In this chapter, field research from clinical, personal, community and post-disaster contexts is weaved into a framework to assist in our understanding of forced or free choices to end life in specific circumstances such as rural drought or bullying of young people. Because most people including professionals feel powerless in dealing with suicide (and rightly worried about detected or expressed suicide ideation and more so with plans), the psychologist author offers aspects of meaning often left out of the academic literature including spiritual hope even though understanding is rarely settled. This chapter includes stories and narratives woven around normal life experience including the annihilation of spirit that occurs in long droughts and the black hole experience of Internet bullying. Colloquial language is utilized in various parts of this tangible chapter as befits the context. The author ends with a call to those suffering from such losses and/or who have prior involvement with the departed person, or post-suicide throughout the wider networks of those affected by the loss to consider a new concept of moving forward in a totally new way, when we cannot undo the past disaster. This is not a new “fix it” idea that would be nothing short of insulting to those bereaved of suicide, but it indicates that there are possibilities of living in a different plane at least for a sufficient time to regroup, recharge and move through other phases or avenues of life, or in some cases indeed a new plane of existence.


Solidarity Tragic loss The black hole Field narratives Natural disaster 


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  1. 1.Bond UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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