1st Edition

Death And Trauma The Traumatology Of Grieving

Edited By Charles R. Figley, Brian E. Bride, Nicholas Mazza Copyright 1997

    First published in 1997. 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. 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.

    PART I: CONCEPTUAL SYNTHESIS Chapter 1 Traumatic Bereavements and Death-Related PTSD Chapter 2 Childhood Traumatic Loss: The Interaction of Trauma and Grief Chapter 3 Death of a Co-Worker: Conceptual Overview PART 11: EFFECTIVE COPING WITH SPECIFIC CONTEXTS Chapter 4 Traumatic Death in Pregnancy: The Significance of Meaning and Attachment Chapter 5 Couple Coping with the Death of a Child Chapter 6 Death as Trauma for Children: A Relational Treatment Approach Chapter 7 Minimizing the Impact of Parental Grief on Children: Parent and Family InterventionsChapter 8 Intervention to Facilitate Positive Couple Coping Chapter 9 Initial Interventions: Secondary Classroom Interventions PART Ill: GENERIC TREATMENT APPROACHES Chapter 10 Treating Families with Traumatic Loss: Transitional Family Therapy Chapter 11 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: A Therapeutic Tool for Trauma and Grief Chapter 12 Thought Field Therapy: Aiding the Bereavement Process


    Charles R. Figley Psychological Stress Research and Development Program, Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida. Brian E. Bride St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia. Nicholas Mazza School of Social Work Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida