Grief, loss and critical autoethnography: The Father's Tale

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dc.contributor.author Bray, Peter en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-28T01:41:11Z en
dc.date.issued 2019-02-26 en
dc.identifier.citation In Innovations in Narrative and Metaphor: Methodologies and Practices. 203-219. 26 Feb 2019 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9789811361135 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46634 en
dc.description.abstract © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019. All rights reserved. Difficult personal losses can be regarded as both frightening and unasked for. They irrevocably disrupt the anticipated flows of our life stories, influence how we see ourselves and change our plans. As we struggle to understand, we are forced to consider alternative ways of being in the world and to construct a new life narrative. Thus, survival and transformation beckon us to re-visit the bright vision of our pre-crisis stories and expectations, to scavenge what remains and to start to build again. Through this challenging reconstruction, we find ways to safely relocate our pain and losses into another story. This chapter presents my personal experience of traumatic bereavement. It demonstrates my interest in storytelling and counselling, and my growing understanding and use of autoethnography. At its centre is a written account of a very specific incident that powerfully transformed my life. Like many stories of unexpected loss, it leaves a wound that remains fresh even after two decades of careful self-reflection and objective analysis. However, by accepting its cruel reality, the event ceases to hold the wicked power it once did for me. This has enabled me to return to my original written account of the experience, to re-examine and capture the essential qualities of the event that radically transformed my life. By bringing together my biographical account, and subsequent autoethnographic treatment through a counselling lens, this chapter presents a critical autoethnographical analysis of both. I introduce competing voices and positions of myself as author and storyteller, as researcher and survivor, protagonist and critical audience, to reflect upon the impact of the experience for myself and shed further light on the experiences of others. en
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dc.title Grief, loss and critical autoethnography: The Father's Tale en
dc.type Book Item en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/978-981-13-6114-2_13 en
pubs.begin-page 203 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 219 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.elements-id 769193 en
pubs.org-id Education and Social Work en
pubs.org-id Counselling,HumanServ &Soc.Wrk en


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