When a Community Weeps: Case Studies in Group Survivorship

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When a Community Weeps provides a model for effective counselor intervention in bereaved communities. Individual chapters have been written by traumatologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and family members who have witnessed the effects of traumatic events first hand. Each chapter presents a specific traumatic event and gives perspectives on how these events affected the individuals involved as well as the community as a whole.

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Psychiatrists, psychologists, traumatologists, and other contributors describe how family members, rescue workers, bystanders, and other community members have coped with a number of devastating disasters, including storms, airplane crashes, earthquakes, and assassinations, that have occurred throughout the world in recent years. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876309537
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Series in Trauma and Loss Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Connection Between Grief and Trauma: An Overview 3
Ch. 2 The Challenger Disaster: Group Survivorship on a National Landscape 23
Ch. 3 The Estonia Disaster: National Interventions, Outcomes, and Personal Impacts 49
Ch. 4 The Kempsey Bus Disaster: The Effects on Australian Community Rescuers 73
Ch. 5 Coping Through Meaning: The Community Response to the Earthquake in Armenia 87
Ch. 6 The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake: Adapted Strategies for Survival 103
Ch. 7 Death of a Leader: The Social Construction of Bereavement 119
Ch. 8 The Death and Rebirth of a Hero: Mickey Mantle's Legacy 139
Ch. 9 The Terrorist Bombing in Oklahoma City 161
Ch. 10 The Threat to Belonging in Enniskillen: Reflections on the Remembrance Day Bombing 191
Ch. 11 The Significance of Unforeseen Death in a Community on the Brink 213
Ch. 12 Summary and Incorporation: A Reference Frame for Community Recovery and Restoration 237
Index 255
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000


    Excellent, sensitive approach to dealing with how communities are affected following a trauma. The authors present their theories on handling grief in a manner that allows the reader to extract elements that can be put to use immediately when dealing with tramatized victims and rescue/support workers. Additionally, several case studies are presented demonstrating strengths and weaknesses in communities that contribute to the length and quality of healing from natural and man-made disasters. I found the study of the circles of survivorship clearly demonstrated in the case study of the Challenger disaster. The role of strong leadership, identifying groups who have the right to grieve and ways to memorialize victims was deeply impactful. Excellent book for professionals and anyone interested in preparing thier communities for handling trauma.

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