Memory and Identity

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Remembering need not be about going back into the past so much as bringing the past into the present.  This can be an important concept for bereaved people who are exploring what have been called ‘continuing bonds’ with their loved ones.  With tragedies that do not involve the loss of loved ones, ‘moving on’ may mean working hard to leave memories behind – though that may be a lifetime’s work.  But bereaved people do not want to move on in that sense.  Their memories are treasures they want to keep and value.  What to do with those memories – how and where to keep their treasure – can be an important feature of the work of grief.  Continue reading Memory and Identity