Psychological theories on trauma and bereavement perceive difficult pasts as potentially 'haunting' those who can't work through and then disentangle themselves from difficult pasts and lost loved ones. Ethnographic Data from Israeli bereaved families and Cambodian genocide survivors present alternative relationships with troubled pasts where continuing bonds between the living and the dead and release and forgetting of traumatic memories resiliently come to terms with ghosts of the past. Watch this lecture by Dr. Carol Kidron, Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Haifa University.
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