Death and Trauma: The Traumatology of Grieving

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Charles R. Figley, Brian E. Bride, Nicholas Mazza
Taylor & Francis, 1997 - Medical - 273 pages
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Although the fields of thanatology and traumatology have received robust attention during their parallel development, little effort has been made to address their overlapping territory. This volume is the first attempt to do so. Specifically, the purpose of this book is fourfold. First is to provide a theoretical bridge between the two fields by providing conceptual terminology, such as defining "normal" versus "dysfunctional" bereavement and the meaning and range of death-related PTSD. The second confirms and illustrates the identical patterns of reactions between those who survive the death of a loved one and those who survive other traumatic events. Such an effort is part of the natural development of these fields of study. Next, the book applies the most useful theoretical models to the bereavement experience, and in turn acknowledges the utility of generalizing bereavement models to other traumatic experiences; in doing so, the two fields can enrich each other. Similarly, the volume's final purpose is to identify and apply the most useful and effective approaches in traumatology literature to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of traumatic stressors other than death.
  

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I'm soooo sorry LG, that is sooo traumatic. I hope you are getting better and better, despite all those heart-shattering experinces. I will keep you in my heart and meditations, wishing you and your kin love, happiness, and healing, bc you deserve it.<3 clovrmay<3

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I survived...still defragging my system, so to speak...my family has
suffered great losses...my only two sons, my only sister [leaving behind a child that was a result of rape]...two grandmothers
...
my mom has been NA since therefore the loss of a mom...dad is trying his best through this...
the above happened within a two year period. Survival has been a
punishment.
 

Contents

Grief Component
6
Conclusion
13
Studies of Childhood Bereavement
19
Case Example
36
Conceptual Overview
43
Factors Contributing to the Development of a PTSR
52
Pathological Grief Resolution
58
EFFECTIVE COPING WITH SPECIFIC CONTEXTS
67
Minimizing the Impact of Parental Grief
139
Parent Guidance Methods
146
Family Therapy Methods
152
Treating Traumatic Grief in Systems
159
Multiple or Ongoing Trauma
172
Initial Classroom Interventions
178
Facilitating the Healing
193
Development of Peer Support and Peer Interventions
200

Attachment and Loss in Pregnancy
74
Boundary Ambiguity and Family Systems Issues
86
Survivor Guilt and Control Schemas
92
References
98
Negative Couple CopingIncongruent Grieving
105
Positive Couple CopingWorking Together
112
A Relational
123
Countertransference
130
GENERIC TREATMENT APPROACHES
211
Goals of Therapy
219
Issues of Assessment and Evaluation
226
Aiding the Bereavement
249
Why Does It Work?
261
Index
269
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Charles R. Figley (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is the Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University and a Professor in the Tulane Graduate School of Social Work. He is also director of the award-winning Traumatology Institute. The Institute was recognized in 2000 as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association. He is a former Fulbright Fellow and was a Professor in the College of Social Work at Florida State University before moving to Tulane University in July 2008. Dr. Figley is also a psychologist and family therapist and was a Professor of Family Therapy and Psychology at Purdue University (1974-1989). He is founding editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and currently editor of the journal Traumatology, published by SAGE Publications. Dr. Figley has written more than 200 scholarly works, including 19 books, most of which have focused on stress, resiliency, and coping. His first book, Stress Disorder Among Vietnam Veterans (1978), focused on combat stress and is credited as helping to establish the modern era of traumatology. In his subsequent books, he has continually expanded his focus to other traumatizing contexts.

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