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.

Violence and War

Violence and war

At the bottom of the trenches there lay frozen green Germans and frozen gray Russians and frozen fragments of human shapes … how anyone could have survived was hard to imagine. But now everything was silent in this fossilized hell, as though a raving lunatic had suddenly died of heart failure.

—Alexander Werth (Overy, 1997, p. 21)

In February 1943, at the end of the critical World War II battle at Stalingrad, Alexander Werth offered this grim commentary. This chapter focuses on the many losses and the grief resulting from violence and war. It overlaps with Chapter 9, which addresses the Holocaust and genocide. Violence and war usually have an effect on many people over an extended period of time, and unfortunately ...

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