Cassim, S., Stolte, O., & Hodgetts, D. (2013). Metonymic objects, cultural practices and narrative repair: Sri Lankan responses to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Journal of Health Psychology, published online on October 22, 2013.
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The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami resulted in a tragic loss of life and immense suffering. This article explores the ways in which a group of people from Sri Lanka worked to address the disruption to their life narratives caused by the loss of loved ones. We go beyond a focus on ‘talk’ in narrative research in health psychology to explore the importance of material objects in sustaining continued bonds with the deceased. This article provides an alternative to the tendency in mainstream psychology to pathologise grief and highlights the importance of culturally patterned responses to disaster.