Chapter 1

The Connection Between Grief and Trauma: An Overview

Mary Beth Williams, Ellen S. Zinner, and Richard R. Ellis

It is a warm, still summer evening. Peaceful quiet sits hand in hand with humidity. The air hangs heavily outside the window as a concerted effort is made to create an introductory chapter linking the unquiet, disruptive worlds of the gemini of chaotic sorrow: grief and trauma. Professionals in each of these domains, up until a short few years ago, spoke their own languages and failed to see the commonalities of their approaches, foci, and even their goals. Traumatologists looked at the enduring effect of crises and critical incidents on the individuals, families, groups, and communities who experienced them. Researchers of ...

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