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Bereavement After Traumatic Death
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Unless forced by circumstances, people in modern societies go to great lengths to deny death, to the extent that even death of a loved one from natural causes tends to catch us unprepared and unable to cope with its consequences. Death as the result of a sudden, catastrophic event (traffic accident, suicide, a natural disaster - ) can have even more extreme effects, sometimes striking survivors so violently and painfully that it leaves an indelible mark. This book speaks about the consequences of such traumatic deaths in a wonderfully simple and straightforward way. The authors describe, step by step, what happens to people after the sudden death of a family member or close friend, the difficulties they face in coping, and how professionals and volunteers can help. With their wide experience, both personally and as internationally renowned authorities, they have written a book for professionals and volunteers who deal with bereavement in language in language that is accessible to all, so it will also help those who have suffered a traumatic loss themselves to understand what to expect and how to get help.
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From the contents: The Loss of a Beloved One: Theories on Adaption Reactions to a Traumatic Death Surviving Suicide Grief in the Family Social Networks as a Source of Support Support From Work and School Environments Dream, Symbols, and Mourning Suicide After a Loss or Around Anniversary Times Surviving the Suicide of a Patient: A Traumatic Loss for Therapists Postvention: How to Organize It Helping in Complicated Bereavement Situations Reciprocal Support and Self-Help Groups Traumatic Bereavement and the Management of Support Groups Spreading Awareness for Bereavement Support: Working With the Media Spreading Awareness: The Charter of Rights of Suicide Survivors and Other Activities Is Suicide Bereavement Different? Evidence From Case-Control Studies Suicide Postvention for Different Groups in Different Cultures: All Different, All the Same? Future Perspectives on Assisting the Bereaved

About the Author

Professor De Leo has published extensively with over 700 publications, including 290 peer-reviewed articles, 150 book chapters and 35 volumes. His Scopus HA-- index is today 33. He is Past President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the International Academy for Suicide Research. He serves as a board member of the Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and is Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Queensland Government Suicide Prevention Strategy. Prof. De Leo has successfully established and managed many high-level international collaborations, which have resulted in the creation of seven collaborative studies including the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study on Suicidal behavior, the WHO/SUPRE-MISS (SUicide PREvention - Multisite Intervention Study on Suicide) and the WHO/START Study Project (Suicide Trends in At-Risk Territories). He is founder/co-founder of the Italian Society for PsychoOncology, the Italian Association for Suicide Prevention and the International Academy for Suicide Research. He is the ideator and main promoter of organizing the World Day for Suicide Prevention, taking place every September 10th since its establishment in 2003. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, and editorial board member of Suicide & Life A--Threatening Behavior, Archives of Suicide Research, SuicidologyA--onA--Line and Advancing Suicide Prevention. He is Associate Editor of BMC Public Health, and Regional Editor of Behavioral Medicine. In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of several other journals including Journal of Affective Disorders, Aging Clinical and Experimental and the Open Geriatric Journal, plus several Italian medical journals. He is the winner of several national and international awards. He won the IASP Stengel Award when he was just 40-years old, and Life Research Award (Suicide Prevention - Commonwealth of Australia) in 2007. He is a Gold Medal, Italians in the World. In 2011, he was presented with the AAS Louis I. Dublin award: a lifetime achievement award for outstanding services/contributions to the field of suicide prevention as evidenced by leadership, devotion and creativity. In 2012, he won the Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Research Excellence Award for Research Leadership. Alberta Cimitan is a clinical psychologist. Since 2009 she collaborates with the association De Leo Fund Onlus (based in Padua, Italy), which deals with supporting survivors of traumatic deaths (suicide, road accidents, work-related deaths, natural disasters, etc). From 2009 to 2011 she was a member of the working group within the Veneto regional program of support to survivors of tragic and sudden deaths. Since 2011 she is the coordinator of all care services and De Leo Fund helpline. Kari Dyregrov, PhD is affiliated with the Center for Crisis Psychology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Prof. Onja Grad, PhD is affiliated with the University Psychiatric Hospital in Ljubljana, Slowenia Karl Andriessen; MSc, is affiliated with the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

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