PEACEFUL IMPACT – BLOG
Seija Hirstiö had launched the project that was her vision, to co-write a book on Finnish participants’ lived DID experiences “by hanging round in internet chat rooms” and it took her a year to find five people. In her written introduction, she says how hard it was for them to write the book with different people disappearing along the way and then returning or being found. There were suicide attempts, inpatient periods, but the group managed to stay together and write the book. The way in which they all introduced themselves also replicated the “co-equal” community they have created together and the book, their shared project. There are no names on the cover. Their beautifully illustrated 218-page book with its large print, colour paintings and drawings, poems and thoughts as well as non-gratuitous biographical details was presented by four of the five survivors with Seija, the founder of the group, quoted in her absence. When they first raised the idea of a book there was a proud decision that no-one would be excluded. Whoever wanted to write would have a space. The whole book is like a message in a bottle. You can feel something of the loneliness and pain of all five participants as well as their new hope for each other and the world.
When the authors were contacted afterwards through their website, Kaisa Klapuri wrote, and gave permission to print here: “We feel that by our work we have a meaning, a purpose in life. To live for something bigger than oneself, e.g., helping others, is the essential key to a happy life. We are deeply grateful that we got the chance to bring forth the voice of survivors themselves. We are living examples of the fact that trauma can be healed. One of the members of the public commented on our presentation the following way:
“Thank you for managing to make the hope more attractive and the pessimism less inevitable”.
The name of the mentioned book is: Five Survivors, A Hundred Lives – Stories about Trauma and Dissociation, editor Kaisa Klapuri, Peaceful Impact Publisher, Helsinki, 2017