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.

Life Span Losses and Aging

Life span losses and aging

All things must change to something new, to something strange.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Normality of Frequent Life Span Losses

This chapter is about losses associated with aging that occur across the human life span, but particularly after midlife (with midlife representing a period that now, with increasing life spans, is often conceived to be from the 30s to 50s). There are many kinds of losses that occur over the course of a normal lengthy life span that wound us in ways that are similar to the loss of close relationships. They may include the death of parents and other loved ones, divorce, financial difficulties, alienation from some family members—even children—and the emergence of various types of health problems. ...

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