Reconstructing the loss: Hantzacha commemoration following the death of a spouse in a terror attack

Chaya Possick, Eli Buchbinder, Levona Etzion, Adi Yehoshua-Halevi, Shoshi Fishbein, Michal Nissim-Frankel

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Abstract

One of the ways that family members cope with the deep sense of emptiness and the severance of continuity following the loss of a loved one in a terror attack is through commemoration. This article presents of the findings of a qualitative study that examined the process and products of commemoration by Israeli adults whose spouses were killed in terrorist attacks on the West Bank. The analysis of in-depth interviews revealed four different types of commemoration: tangible-private, tangible-public, intangible-private, and intangible-public. The study describes and analyzes the ways in which spouses of terror victims negotiate between the personal and collective aspects of the loss and bereavement via commemoration within the context of the Jewish-Israeli culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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