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.

Dissolution and Divorce

Dissolution and divorce

The sorrow of the lover is continual, in the presence and absence of the beloved: in the presence for fear of the absence, and in absence in longing for the presence. The pain in love becomes in time the life of the lover.

—Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (quoted in Welwood, 1990, p. 66)

Mother drives into river, killing herself, children.

The preceding is a headline from the Des Moines Register, July 12, 2000. The accompanying story indicated that this 35-year-old woman drove into the Missouri River at full speed, killing herself and her 8-year-old and twin 4-year-old sons. As she said in a suicide note, she was distraught over the ongoing conflict with her husband.

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