When someone dies violently (through homicide, suicide or accident)
there are unique circumstances surrounding the mourning of that
death that do not occur when the death is prolonged or due to
illness. Often the violent death is retold through personal narrative.
While retelling the events of the death can be therapeutic, without
guidance the recounting can entrench the person in his/her grief.
Retelling Violent Death provides the guidance necessary for making
the retelling of the violent death restorative and therapeutic.
This book provides insight and instruction for bereaved readers
and those who work with them. The emphasis of the retelling is
placed on helping the person reframe the story they tell, to make
them a participant in the story and allow them to reconnect with
the living memories of the deceased. In this way, the mourner
can remember the way the person lived, and not just the violent
way they died.