Grief and Disappearance is one of the few studies about the impact of disappearance and the psychosocial and therapeutic interventions required for grieving relatives.
This book examines the theoretical background of grief and gives an insight into the nature and complexity of grief and mourning. Further, it describes various conflicts that arise out of the loss of a loved one in the context of disappearance. Additionally, it discusses forms of coping strategies that relatives adopt depending on their individual identities and cultural background.
The book uses case studies to analyze collective forms of dealing with disappearance and coming to a closure. The impact of death certificates, truth commissions, exhumations, memorial places, and forms of art and symbolic rituals are points of analysis.
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Barbara Preitler works as trauma therapist and is a supervisor for psychotherapists and social workers. She is a Lecturer at University of Klagenfurt,Austria. Her main areas of research are psychotraumatology, trauma and grief and psychological aspects of international development cooperation.Dr Preitler has published numerous articles and has also developed diploma courses on trauma counselling in Austria and Sri Lanka.
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