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Restorative Retelling: Revising the Narrative of Violent Death: Edward K. Rynearson and Alison Salloum

T he objective of this chapter is to clarify the disruptive effects of violent kill-ing on the narrative processing of bereavement and grief in children and adults. Violent dying, an unanticipated and external event, is portrayed as a spectacled

enactment of the killing, an imaginary portrayal of what the deceased experienced while dying. Because few violent deaths occur with a family member or loved one in attendance, this imaginary drama offers no comforting role for the bereaved in the retelling. The compulsory and sometimes compulsive retelling of this surreal act of violent killing is a fundamental narrative aftermath of bereavement and grief.