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.
KeywordsSolidarity Tragic loss The black hole Field narratives Natural disaster
- Bullying and Suicide Statistics in US, Australia and New Zealand. Modified: September 01, 2016. Retrieved from https://nobullying.com/suicide-statistics/.
- De Leo, D. (2016). Natural disasters and suicidal behaviours: A systematic literature review. OSC Asia Pacific Conference, 27.Google Scholar
- Drought Policy Review Expert Social Panel. (2008). It’s about people: Changing perspective. A Report to government by an expert social panel on dryness. Report to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra, September.Google Scholar
- Gordon, R. (1997). Theory and practice of early interventions in trauma and disaster. Psychotherapy in Australia, 3(2), 44–51.Google Scholar
- Gow, K. (2009a). Can we anticipate more heatwaves, wildfires, droughts and deluges? In K. Gow (Ed.), Meltdown: Climate change, natural disasters & other catastrophes—Fears and concerns of the future (pp. 157–174). New York: Nova Science Publications.Google Scholar
- Gow, K. (2009b). Drought in rural areas: Not just the absence of water. In K. Gow (Ed.), Meltdown: Climate change, natural disasters & other catastrophes—Fears and concerns of the future (pp. 269–286). New York: Nova Science Publications.Google Scholar
- Gow, K. (2009c). The long road home. ABC News pages 1–2. Posted Tue Feb 10, 2009 9.38 am AEDT. Retrieved from http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/10/2486966.htm on the Victorian bushfires.
- Gow, K., & Celinski, M. (2012). Individual trauma: Recovering from deep wounds and exploring the potential for renewal. New York: Nova Science Publishers.Google Scholar
- Gow, K. (2013). Overview: Mass trauma affects whole communities. In K. Gow & M. Celinski (Eds.), Mass trauma: Impact and recovery issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers.Google Scholar
- Gow, K., & Mohay, H. (2013). When community resilience breaks down after natural disasters. In K. Gow & W. Celinski (Eds.), Mass trauma: Impact and recovery issues (pp. 257–280). New York: Nova Science Publishers.Google Scholar
- Groos, A. D. (2012). Trauma, grief and guilt in suicide bereavement. In K. Gow & M. Celinski (Eds.), Individual trauma: Recovering from deep wounds and exploring the potential for renewal (pp. 83–100). New York: Nova Science Publishers.Google Scholar
- Hartin, M. (2007). Australian poem, Murray Hartin, Rain from Nowhere. Friday, 09/03/2007. Australian storyteller. Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2007/s1867794.htm..
- Leenaars, A., Kolves, K., & Kolves, K.E. (1996). Suicide: A multidimensional malaise. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour, 26(3), 221–236.Google Scholar
- Luthar, S. S., & Cicchetti, D. (2000). The construct of resilience: implications for interventions and social policies. Development and Psychopathology, 12(4), 857–885.Google Scholar
- Mental Health and Drought in Rural and Remote Queensland. (2008). Service mapping report of the centre for rural & remote mental health Queensland. November 2008. http://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=407159ee-548f-4098-875e....
- Olson, R. (2014). Why do people kill themselves?. Info Exchange: Centre for Suicide Prevention. 17.Google Scholar
- Olsen, R. (2016). Natural disasters and rates of suicide: A connection? Centre for suicide prevention. Retrieved from https://www.suicideinfo.ca/resource/naturaldisastersandsuicide/.
- Vallance, S. (2012). Urban resilience: Bouncing back, coping, thriving. Paper presented at EARTH: FIRE AND RAIN Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, Brisbane, 16–18 April, 2012.Google Scholar
- Weine, S. (2013). Towards dialogic trauma work. In K. Gow & M. Celinski (Eds.), Mass trauma: Impact and recovery issues (pp. 300–311). New York: Nova Science Publishers.Google Scholar
- World Health Organisation. (2008). WHO urges more investments, services for mental health. Retrieved October 2, 2008 from http://www.who.int/mental_health/en/.
- Wikipedia, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleavage_(crystal)
- Zunin L. M., & Myers, D. (2000). Training manual for human service workers in major disasters (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: DHHS Publication No. ADM 90–538. Retrieved September 01, 2016 from http://www.mentalhealth.org/publications/allpubs/ADM90-538/tmsection1.asp.