Restoration and Loss after Disaster: Applying the Dual Process Model of Coping in Bereavement

Ruth McManus, Julian Walter, Leon Claridge

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The article asks whether disasters that destroy life but leave the material infrastructure relatively intact tend to prompt communal coping focusing on loss, while disasters that destroy significant material infrastructure tend to prompt coping through restoration/rebuilding. After comparing memorials to New Zealand’s Christchurch earthquake and Pike River mine disasters, we outline circumstances in which collective restorative endeavor may be grassroots, organized from above, or manipulated, along with limits to effective restoration. We conclude that bereavement literature may need to take restoration more seriously, while disaster literature may need to take loss more seriously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-414
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number7
Early online date4 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • communal loss, earthquake, grief, communitas, volunteers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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