Ongoing

on grief's open-ended rehearsal

Line Ryberg Ingerslev

pp. 343-360

Peter Goldie's account of grief as a narrative process that unfolds over time allow us to address the structure of self-understanding in the experience of loss. Taking up the Goldie's idea that narrativity plays a crucial role in grief, I will argue that the experience of desynchronization and an altered relation to language disrupt even of our ability to compose narratives and to think narratively. Further, I will argue that Goldie's account of grief as a narratively structured process focus on the process having come to an end. By contrast, I will propose the idea that grief can be understood as an open-ended rehearsal of our capacity to be alone in the company of an absent other. This makes grief a relational activity that differs from composing narratives about one's past and about one's process of grieving. Thus, grief is not primarily a process of recollecting our past narratively; rather, it can be seen as a dedicational activity which involves a future-oriented and open-ended rehearsal of relatedness despite irrevocable absence.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11007-017-9423-7

Full citation [Harvard style]:

Ryberg Ingerslev, L. (2018). Ongoing: on grief's open-ended rehearsal. Continental Philosophy Review 51 (3), pp. 343-360.

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