Academic journal article The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

A Reflection from Singapore

Academic journal article The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

A Reflection from Singapore

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The article presents a unique contribution in the area of grief work with family members of executed persons. This is certainly a group that has not received any attention here in Singapore and I would surmise that they would have very multi-layered experiences surrounding grief. Practices of mourning for family members who experienced such a loss may be affected by the dominant discourse of how the person who was executed had, in the eyes of the state, 'deserved' the death sentence.

After reading this paper, I am moved towards the possibilities that there may be other groups of people who may be marginalised in their experience of grief. In Singapore, especially, where the death penalty is in place and alternative relationships within the lesbian, gay, queer and transsexual community are marginalised, there is a need for further reflection and thought about griefworkwithin these areas. I am influenced towards thinking of possible ceremonies that would honour those who have passed on amidst very different (and challenging) circumstances.

As discussed by the author, the experience of public ceremony can be very powerful. Here in Singapore, I wonder if some families would prefer only a private way, or can we create contexts for public healing experiences? I also wonder about how the intersections of personal, cultural and the religious beliefs may influence the experience of such rituals? …

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