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.



It's the gray eyes,” he says.

I see his mother laying her head on his chest and just sobbing, sobbing her heart out.

—Les Franklin, commenting on the suicides of his children1

The Pervasiveness of Suicide

The preceding quotes come from the story of Les Franklin and his family, told in People in 2000. Two of Franklin's sons killed themselves. Ironically, Franklin, a successful businessman, has devoted much of the past decade to helping kids who are depressed and suicidal in the Denver area. He began this work after his son Shaka's death. During the same period, Franklin's wife, Cherllyn, learned she had cancer. Then a few years later, Jarnon, apparently unable to find hope in his grieving for his brother and mother, took his own life. As ...

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