Fighting Against Forgetting: Remembering the Places Where My Relationship With My Father Came Into Being

Daniel Wade Clarke (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    When cancer took my dad’s last breath, I was left with the fear that all the dark memories of our relationship might crowd out and overshadow some of my delightful son–father memories. Haunted by the fear of forgetting all those “good” memories, focusing on where they were created, I write into being some of the beautiful moments I want to preserve. Providing examples from my work of memory, the purpose is to show that we do not need to start with dark backgrounds before brighter futures can emerge. What happens when only mundane, beautiful memories are preserved is also considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-477
    Number of pages5
    JournalQualitative Inquiry
    Volume23
    Issue number6
    Early online date19 Oct 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • Beautiful autoethnography
    • Death
    • Loss
    • Memory-work
    • Son–father relations

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