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Give Sorrow Words
Perspectives on Loss and Trauma

ISBN 9781583910085
Published June 21, 2000 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Throughout our lives, we are influenced by the sensation of loss. Whether implicit or obvious, the impact of this sense of loss affects our daily thinking and behavior. This new text provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of loss via exploration into three major types of loss: loss of important relationships (divorce or perhaps the dissolution of important relationships and friendships); losses that damage who we are, our self-esteem (loss of employment); and losses resulting from victimization (being the target of violence or prejudice; loss of home in a natural disaster).

Students of sociology, theology, and family studies will find this text of key interest. Moreover, professionals in these fields, including the fields of trauma and loss, will appreciate the thorough literature review, practical language, clinical interventions, and case highlights.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Study of Loss. Definitions and an Accurate-Making Perspective. Loss of Close Others to Death. Loss of Close Others by Divorce or Dissolution. Loss due to Senseless Violence. Loss due to War and Genocide. Loss due to Disease Processes and Accidents. Improverishment, Homelessness, and Loss of Employment. An International Perspective on Loss and Trauma: The Case of Romania. Disenfranchised Grief and Stigmatization. Adaptation. Epilogue: Practical Strategies for Coping with Major Loss. References.

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John H. Harvey


"This is a very helpful volume that provides needed information and details for counselors, caregivers and educators in the field of loss and grief." -- The Rev.Dr. Richard B. Gilbert, Resources Hotline