With this book, John H. Harvey—widely acknowledged as a key founder of the field of loss and trauma—introduces this broad, interdisciplinary field to undergraduate and beginning graduate students. While many texts cover individual areas such as death and dying or stress and coping, none cover the diversity of loss events that Harvey does in this single volume. Perspectives on Loss and Trauma is the first undergraduate text to present major loss as an encompassing category that includes trauma, death and dying, and stress and coping. It reviews theory and research on the most challenging types of human loss and trauma:

death and dying; disease and injuries; war and violence; divorce and dissolution; unemployment and homelessness; the holocaust and genocide

Written in consideration of cross-cultural, international perspectives on loss, Perspectives on Loss and Trauma discusses relevant therapy approaches and emphasizes a story-telling approach to coping with major loss. It concludes with chapters on therapy and personal adjustment to loss, providing immediate applicability to counselors, therapists, social workers, and other human service professionals.

Adaptation and Therapeutic Approaches

Adaptation and therapeutic approaches

When we are no longer able to change a situation… we are challenged to change ourselves.

—Viktor Frankl (1959, p. 135)

Can Some People Recover without Grieving?

Can people heal from great pain and suffering without grief, stories, and actions designed to reconstruct their lives? Perhaps. Some people, such as emergency room medical personnel and police working in violent neighborhoods, become inured to the sights and sounds of death and grieving. They have to put aside their feelings to keep going. The same is true of soldiers in combat. Becoming hardened to death, however, is not the same as healing. What has been argued throughout this book and in much of the literature reviewed in this book is that grieving major ...

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