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Out of the wave: The meaning of suffering and relief from suffering as described in autobiographies by survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden. (University College of Haraldsplass, Bergen, Norway)
Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden.
Linnéuniversitetet, Sweden. (SAMMI)
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2010 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 5, no 3, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore the meaning of suffering and relief from suffering as described in autobiographies by tourists who experienced the tsunami on 26 December 2004 and lost loved ones. A lifeworld approach, inspired by the French philosopher Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception, was chosen for the theoretical framework. This catastrophe totally changed the survivors' world within a moment. In this new world, there were three main phases: the power of remaining focused, a life of despair, and the unbearable becoming bearable. Life turns into a matter of making the unbearable bearable. Such challenging experiences are discussed in terms of the philosophy of Weil, Jaspers, and Merleau-Ponty. The survivors of the tsunami catastrophe were facing a boundary situation and "le malheur," the unthinkable misfortune. Even at this lowest level of misfortune, joy is possible to experience. This is part of the survivors' ambivalent experiences of their lifeworld. In this world of the uttermost despair there are also rays of hope, joy, and new life possibilities.

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2010. Vol. 5, no 3, 1-12 p.
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science; Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26760DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v5i3.5323ISI: 000283054200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875041573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-26760DiVA: diva2:767519
Available from: 2011-01-18 Created: 2014-12-01 Last updated: 2014-12-01Bibliographically approved

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