This book pulls together a definitive collection of work on the theory and practice of clinical, spiritual, and emotional support after the experience of violent death - counseling beyond the crisis.
Over the past decade, there have been countless publications devoted to crisis response, crisis intervention and counseling, disaster mental health services, and support for victims of traumatic events, but almost none devoted to the response planning and community care for those individuals who continue to struggle with trauma and grief issues for more than a few months after a violent death. The chapters in this volume, written by national and international experts in the field, provide the reader with the theoretical and clinical bases necessary for planning and implementing clinical and spiritual services to meet the needs of survivors, witnesses, family and community members of violent death.
Table of Contents
Restorative and Clinical Essentials. Raphael, Stevens, Dunsmore, Clinical Theories of Loss and Grief. Bonanno, Grief, Trauma, and Resilience. Salloum, Rynearson, Family Resilience After Violent Death. Lord, Spiritual Essentials. Currier, Neimeyer, Fragmented Stories. Armour, Meaning Making for Survivors of Violent Death. Chefetz, Considering Medication Use in the Wake of Traumatic Experience. Restorative and Clinical Interventions. Ochberg, Exorcising Ghosts. Shear, Gorscak, Simon, Treatment of Complicated Grief Following Violent Death. Murphy, Evidence-based Interventions for Parents Following Their Children's Violent Deaths. Rynearson, Correa, Favell, Saindon, Prigerson, Restorative Retelling After Violent Dying. Malkinson, Geron, Intervention Continuity in Posttraffic Fatality. Davies, Salloum, What About the Very Young Child? Cohen, Mannarino, Treating Childhood Traumatic Grief. Rynearson, Favell, Belluomini, Gold, Prigerson, Restorative Retelling with Incarcerated Juveniles. Community Outreach and Intervention After Disaster and Warfare. Benedek, Ursano, Mass Violent Death and Military Communities. Allen, Tucker, Pfefferbaum, Community Outreach Following a Terrorist Act. Shahani, Trish, Healing After September 11. Rasras, Mitwalli, Sehwail, Group Therapy for Palestinian Family Members After Violent Death. Rynearson, Closing Thoughts.
Edward K. Rynearson, MD, is Medical Director of the National Homicide Support Project, Separation and Loss Services, Virginia Mason Medical Center & Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washingont.
"Encyclopedic in breadth and scholarly in tone, this wonderful volume is easy to read and immediately relevant to the clinician. The editor and authors are experts in studying and treating the many men, women, and children who have lost a loved one to violence. It is a work of vision, hope and great compassion for these uniquely bereaved individuals." - Michael F. Myers, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. and co-author of Touched By Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss
"Dr. Rynearson has forged a comprehensive collection of essays filled with compelling stories and healing strategies that distinguish grief from trauma and demonstrate that restoration after violent death takes time, careful interventions and communities of dependable support." - Herbert Anderson, Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley and co-author of All Our Losses, All Our Griefs
"This book has exceptional insight into the impact of the experience of violent death and the recovery process. Dr. Rynearson has a knack for skillfully blending experiential with scientifically gathered knowledge, creating an incisive understanding of the clinical phenomenon...in this series of useful and interesting contributions from the leading writers and researchers on traumatic grief." - Lucy Berliner, Program Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Seattle, Washington, USA