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Traumatic Grief



Traumatic grief is an intense and overwhelming form of grief that accompanies unexpected loss and in turn may trigger earlier traumas. It is a diagnosable condition that not only often goes on much longer and is more overwhelming than regular grief but can also affect seemingly unrelated behaviors and situations long after the initiating event. While its expression and effects vary from person to person, this layering of trauma pervades all areas of a person’s life and can become debilitating. It can, however, be treated and resolved.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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Love and loss: Animals’ gentle support for the grieving : Arizona State University (ASU)

Joanne Cacciatore is an ASU School of Social Work associate professor whose work focuses on traumatic grief.

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Grief vs. Traumatic Grief

Traumatic grief, that is, the grief that accompanies loss that is unexpected, is different. Such a loss triggers post-trauma survival mechanisms in addition to the mourning of whatever was unexpectedly lost.

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Collective Trauma: A Discussion about Collective Trauma and Grief with BJ Miller and Ladybird Morgan

2020 brought old and new pains to the surface. These losses are compounded because we don’t know how to grieve. Unprocessed grief becomes trauma and trauma leads to more grief in a vicious circle that’s been going on for hundreds of years.

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Meet Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Most of you know her as Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, founder of the MISS Foundation and professor and researcher at Arizona State University. Her expertise is helping those affected by traumatic death.

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Healing Traumatic Grief

This is an amazing, candid, heartfelt Q&A with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore on Healing Traumatic Grief.

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Can Rescue Animals Change the Way We Grieve?

There is a care farm in Arizona where rescue animals are helping people deal with traumatic grief.

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FindCenterThe only way to eventually free ourselves from debilitating pain is to be with it as it is. The only way out is through.

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Episode 22: The Better Show with Joanne Cacciatore - Traumatic Grief

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Meet the Woman Who Guides Parents Through Their Darkest Days

There’s judgment by others about the worthiness of this person’s life. So we want to blame the griever all the time for not moving on or whatever, but the reality is that the way other people treat us matters a lot to the way our grief experience unfolds.

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WHAT MIGHT HELP

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The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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