“He has been dumped.” Mrs. van Melsen tells me these words as we look down at the inscription on the monument at the graveyard near Sint Pieter’s church in the Dutch city of Maastricht that reads: “Silenced indeed, but never forgotten.” And then Mrs. van Melsen tells me the story of the stillbirth of her… Read more →
Laurie Faro (1957) earned degrees in the field of law and culture studies. As a young attorney she developed a strong interest in empowering the victim in the legal process. This focus remained when she switched to scientific research in the field of health law. She has published extensively on the subject of quality of care and patients’ rights. In 1990 she completed a PhD project on this subject. In 2015 she completed a second PhD research project as the result of her personal interest in the experiences of people who have been burdened with traumatic experiences in the past and the impact of their ritual commemoration practices, especially at the site of a public monument. At present Laurie Faro is a postdoctoral researcher at Tilburg University, involved in a project relating to children and death ritual in the Netherlands.