Today’s scan of grief research led me to some studies of restorative retelling. It’s a kind of talk therapy for people like me who lost loved ones violently and as a result are suffering from things like PTSD, depression and prolonged grief. When my only son Brady died of suicide at 16 in 2016, I was first on the scene and suffice to say I have experienced a lot of distress connected with that.
This 2014 article from the Death Studies journal described the restorative retelling therapy as “an exercise in which participants draw the scene of the dying and share the drawing and the story of the dying with other group members.” They do this in groups of six to 10 people and the treatment, in this case, consisted of 10 weekly sessions.
It sounds a little like the repeated slow-motion reenactments I did with a therapist after Brady…
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