Bereavement after Homicide


in After Homicide

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198267959
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683428 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Bereavement after Homicide

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This chapter focuses on the impact of violent death upon those who are left behind. It considers the experiences of homicide survivors, in particular the parents of murdered children. For the most part, grief tends to be sensed as personal, intense, overpowering, inchoate, and incommunicable. It is a confusing experience for which there are only meagre scripts, an experience that swamps the etiquette of everyday life, and social estrangement can follow. Survivors have laboured hard to find ways of making their feelings more objective, visible, external, communal, impressive, and intelligible.

Keywords: homicide survivor; loss; grief; murdered children; parents

Chapter.  13100 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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