Homeward from exile : the experience of homecoming for adult survivors of childhood trauma / by Havi Brysk Mandell.
Homeward from exile: The experience of homecoming for adult survivors of childhood trauma is a phenomenological investigation of the process through which survivors uncover a sense of at-homeness within themselves and in their world. Eleven individuals, ranging in age between 35 and 65 were interviewed. Seven were family trauma survivors, four were Holocaust survivors. From the data a sequential set of themes were derived that describe the process of homecoming. These are: In losing home, one feels estranged from and loses connection with self and others; Fantasies, images and experiences keep the hope of homecoming alive in the absence of home; Significant life events and awarenesses jar co-researchers toward a search for home; In the process of homecoming, one searches for meaning and identity; Creativity lights a path toward homecoming; Homecoming involves a process of reclaiming the Self; "Home" is experienced within, in relationship, and as meaningful, creative engagement in life. The process of homecoming is ongoing--a terminal or perfect homecoming is not achieved. However the research participants moved from a state of disconnection from themselves and others to a state of feeling connected with self, others and life. They describe feeling qualities of wholeness, authenticity, spiritual connection, belonging, and empowerment. They not only feel more at home with themselves, they actively work to create a world in which being at home in the world will be assured for everyone.
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