Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships: Reconceptualizing PTSD and Enhancing Treatment

Harnessing the Healing Power of Relationships: Reconceptualizing PTSD and Enhancing Treatment with Candice Monson, PhD To date, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has largely been conceptualized from an intrapersonal perspective, focusing on biological and intrapsychic factors that serve as risk and resilience factors. This presentation reviews evidence supporting the integral role of interpersonal variables in trauma recovery and the integration of these factors in a cognitive-behavior...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Getting Researchers and Clinicians to Play Nice: Building a Bridge to Span the Gap Separating Practitioners and Researchers

Counselors, psychologists and social workers depend on the work of researchers to inform their practice. Seasoned therapists understand that pulling from a multitude of current grounded theory gives their clients the best chance for a healthy life. Researchers depend on counselors, psychologists and social workers to utilize and inform their work. They strive to develop grounded theory to provide for their consumers, the therapists. Those on both ends of the spectrum strive for common ground. ...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Earn Continuing Education Credit For Reading Articles in the Journal of Traumatic Stress

The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies offers a continuing education credit program through the Journal of Traumatic Stress (JTS). Three articles per JTS issue provide the opportunity for continuing education credits. We offer 1 year subscriptions to the Journal CE program as well as flexible ways to purchase exams for credit. Participation in this program is simple and convenient. Read the article either from your print or online Journal, or access the article after you have r...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

New Theories of Grief: Going Beyond Kübler-Ross

Although grieving the death of a loved one remains identified in the public imagination with a sequence of emotional stages beginning with shock and denial, and moving through phases of anger, bargaining and depression before concluding in acceptance, recent evidence strongly challenges this model, as the path taken through grief is influenced greatly by the character of the loss and the characters of the bereaved themselves. In consequence, contemporary grief theories emphasize the subtle di...
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Creating Meaningful Memories

Utilizing both cross-cultural research and clinical experience, this presentation will help learners discover key characteristics to be included in death-related rituals, including funerals, memorial services, bedside rituals, and anniversary observances. Learning Objectives: Articulate key characteristics of effective memorial rituals. Describe culturally-sensitive examples of memorial rituals. Develop strategies to help clients and families create therapeutically-appropriate ritual o...
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Working With Children and Grief in Today's World

This session recognizes a multitude of loss and grief issues faced by children in a contemporary world. Through the use of case studies, participants will learn how to use clinical techniques with grieving children. They will gain an awareness of common responses to grief in children, the tasks of grief and the myths associated with grieving children. Learning Objectives: Upon participation in this session, participants will be able to: Identify common signs of grieving children. Ap...
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Grief After Suicide: How Does Suicide Change the Grieving Process?

While it shares some of the characteristics of all traumatic losses, suicide often presents unique challenges for mourners and for those who would help them. People mourning the loss of a loved one to suicide (known as suicide survivors) face a complex set of recovery tasks. These include making sense of a death that often makes no sense, sorting out responsibility for and preventability of the death, dealing with shock and horror at the manner of death, dealing with the impact on family relat...
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The Impact of Medicine on Dying in America

With the advent of the scientific method, it was felt that all human problems could be solved with the application of science. In medicine, this meant that physicians came to see illness as something to be conquered and death as an event to be avoided. As death came to be conceived as failure by the medical community, especially in America, anything that might be used to delay, redirect or even extend the dying process came to be considered as a viable option. It was at this point that the ...
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Cultural Perspectives on Dying, Death and Grief

There are no truths or facts about dying, death and grief that are free of culture. This webinar provides an overview of how people from various cultures understand and experience dying, death and grief and also what, from their cultural viewpoint, constitutes desired help. The webinar will provide examples of cultural variations in: the meanings and understandings of dying, death and grief the multiple losses that can occur with a death the concept of a "good" death what is ...
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Lifting the Fog: An introduction to Complicated Grief Treatment

The American Psychiatric Association is considering the inclusion of complicated grief disorder in the next edition of its diagnostic manual. This webinar will introduce practitioners to principles and procedures that have been shown to be effective as a treatment for complicated grief (CG), as well as review the different criteria sets being considered for inclusion in DSM-V. In this webinar, Dr. Shear will describe the components of her method, Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT), and shar...
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Ethical Practice in Grief Counseling (Part 1): Competence, Consent, Confidentiality

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of counseling practice for any healthcare professional. For those difficult times, are you familiar with a credible, accessible decision-making model to apply? How do you know what is the best thing to do for clients and families, while at the same time honoring your professional standards and maintaining personal integrity? In this webinar, Dr. Louis Gamino will teach his "Five P Model" for ethical decision-making and demonstrate its application wit...
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Promotion of Resilience Among Parentally-Bereaved Children

No two children grieve the loss of a parent in identical fashion, but some demonstrate more resilience than others. This webinar will explore the concept of resilience in parentally-bereaved children and the research evidence concerning sources of that resilience. Dr. Sandler will discuss how his research and theoretical understanding of those sources translated into the creation of an intervention program called the Family Bereavement Program. You’ll learn about its results after a six-year...
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Coping With the Holidays After a Loss

As the holidays approach, we know that our clients who are grieving the death of a loved one, those caring for someone seriously ill, or being ill themselves, are approaching the holiday season with anxiety and dread. Normalizing their feelings is helpful, but we know from experience and research that planning ahead can help to alleviate some of the stress. This presentation will address these difficult times, important factors such as cultural differences, the importance of rituals and specif...
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Clinical and Practical Uses of the Extraordinary Experiences of the Bereaved

Extraordinary Experiences (EE) are defined as events in which the mourner believes he or she has received a sign or message from the deceased loved one or a divine being. These kinds of Psi Phenomena – extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, precognitive dreams – have historically played a significant role in how individuals cope with the death of a loved one and reinvest in life. Normalizing these experiences can have a major positive impact on the mourner and the course of his/her grief ...
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Ethical Practice in Grief Counseling (Part 2): Multiple Relationships, Internet Counseling, Public Service

Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable part of counseling practice for any healthcare professional. For those difficult times, are you familiar with a credible, accessible decision-making model to apply? In this webinar, Dr. Gamino will review his "Five P Model" for ethical decision-making and demonstrate its application with problems related to: Multiple relationships, which occur when a counselor has some professional or personal connection with a client that exists in addition to the counse...
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Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle

Combat soldiers have often seen the worst humankind has to offer. It changes them in fundamental ways, inflicting emotional, spiritual, social and moral injuries that impact them throughout their lifetime, especially as they face death. Some veterans return from war bitter; some return enlightened; all return with lessons the rest of us need to know. This presentation will help you to understand what our soldiers experience, their wartime traumas and fears, and will enrich your practice and pr...
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Dying in the Hospital Wilderness: How Might it Influence Grief?

Many people believe that rescue from death and a good dying are not incompatible goals. Partly because of this belief, dying in the hospital can assume at least 17 different forms, according to Dr. Chapple’s ethnographic research. How does a clinician, patient or family member navigate this terrain during or after the fact of death? In this webinar, Dr. Chapple will map the landscape of hospital dying, explain its variety and why it can be so traumatizing to participants. Attendees will e...
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Grief Through a Family Lens: Meanings and Methods

Grief is a family affair, yet most of what we know about grief is from an individual perspective. Our understanding and our interventions are for the most part individually focused. In this webinar, Dr. Nadeau will stress the importance of seeing grief through a family lens. She will emphasize how family members interact in their struggle to make sense of their loss. The meanings that a family attaches to a particular death shape how they will grieve, and paying attention to family meanings ca...
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Understanding New Research with Practical Ways to Incorporate it Into Your Practice

As a clinician, I am most interested in research that guides, but does not prescribe, good practice. Research that matters to me helps me make sense of what experience has shown me and opens my eyes to new ways of navigating clinical impasses. If there is new information that has implications for how I work and my ability to help my clients, I want to have it. –P. Kosminsky This webinar is for like-minded colleagues who want to know about recent research and ideas, but may not have th...
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What About Me? Spotting and Addressing Teen Grief

When family tragedies happen, it is usually the adults who get the main attention — fathers and mothers and grandparents. All too often teenage boys and girls are assumed to be able to handle the loss, whatever it was; attention directed to their needs is all too often minimal. Thus it can be said that grieving teens are the forgotten population in the world of grief. In this presentation Ms. Fitzgerald will address the obvious and frequently not-so-obvious signs of real grief in teens suffe...
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The Trauma Dialogues: Facilitating an Empowered Voice for Homicide-loss Survivors

Violent death is strange territory for any family, as few can envision such a catastrophe striking. Along with the tasks of intense grief and mourning, surviving family members must also wrestle with a host of distressful trauma-spun symptoms that can undermine everyday life-functioning (Rothschild, 2000). Few, if any, are ever prepared to understand and cope with the onslaught of these experiences. Some fear the stress of the homicide will push them to sanity’s edge, and these thoughts, muc...
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Beyond Goodbye: A New Approach to Grief Work

Death may end a life, but it doesn’t end a relationship. In this workshop, we’ll explore a new way of doing grief work that helps the bereaved person say good-bye to one aspect of the relationship with a departed loved one, while learning to acknowledge the continuing bond with the deceased and begin a different kind of ongoing, emotional connection. You’ll learn a blend of experiential, meaning-making exercises: • Restorative retellings of the “event story” of the death •...
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Walking With Them: Spiritual Care at End of Life with Pediatric Patients and Their Families

For many years, publications on pediatric hospice and palliative care programs have called for effective spiritual care for pediatric patients and their families. However, there remains a dearth of written material on how to actually provide hands-on spiritual care to dying children and those who love them most. This webinar will provide an introduction to innovative interventions that work for dying children, their siblings and their parents, as they both explore and struggle with issues of ...
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The Challenge of Caring: On Compassion Fatigue, Resilience and Healing

Working with people facing grief, trauma, and life-threatening illness poses critical challenges for the dedicated and highly empathic health professionals who seek to assist them. Extreme levels of distress in patients and families can produce secondary traumatization and burnout in these helpers. Extensive research now documents how these predictable consequences of clinical work with distressed and traumatized individuals can significantly and adversely impact the professional’s personal ...
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Essential Considerations for Intervention After Sudden, Traumatic Death

This workshop focuses on how the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one presents the mourner with challenging demands stemming from the volatile mixture of loss and trauma. The ensuing combination of grief and traumatic stress often severely disables coping, impairs functioning, and compromises adaptation. The dynamics found in sudden death from accident, disaster, suicide, homicide (including terrorism and war), and acute natural causes (from medical events such as heart attack or stroke, or ...
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Understanding the Ways Men and Women Grieve

Many individuals believe that if an individual does not show or share sadness or express other emotions, that individual is not in touch with or is suppressing grief. In fact, grief reactions are highly individual and varied. Many men and women may express their grief in more instrumental ways, showing grief in more cognitive or active manifestations. This session explores the different patterns or styles of grief, emphasizing that each of these patterns has its own distinct advantages and dis...
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Palliative and Grief Care Around The World

This webinar will expose attendees to the wide variety of palliative care and grief practices around the world that can help us think in new ways about the way we practice and broaden our understanding of the experience of care surrounding the end of life through other cultural lenses. Palliative care always includes addressing the needs of those grieving both before and after death occurs. In this webinar, through case example and lecture, you will learn about the status of palliative care...
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Living in the "Second Circle:" How We Are Changed By The Work We Do

Death and crises are facts of life. Death reminds us that although we want predictability and control over our lives, neither is guaranteed. Life-changing events challenge our coping skills, force us to reassess our priorities and transform us. As professionals, working with patients, clients, residents, the public and their families changes us. As individuals, and “work families,” how are we changed by the work we do? This webinar will benefit counselors as they examine practical stra...
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Raising Grieving Children

This webinar will help practitioners understand a child’s or an adolescent’s reaction to the death of a parent. The presentation will explore grief as a normal life-cycle event, not looking for a cure but understanding the need to live with and through the grief. In this context, the presenter will take the child’s age into consideration and how age affects what children experience as “lost” as a result of the absent relationship. Participants will also examine ways families memorial...
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The DSM Exclusion Criterion Explained, Processed, and Problem-Solved

This webinar will examine: The controversy of whether to remove from the DSM-V the ban on diagnosing depression within the first two months of bereavement. The anticipated consequences should the ban (called “the exclusion criterion”) be lifted. The important realities that face clinicians who work with bereaved clients. The first part of the webinar will review the different positions offered for and against removing the exclusion criterion and will present ADEC’s decision o...
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Handbook of Thanatology Self Study Course

The Handbook of Thanatology, ADEC's essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying and bereavement, is available as an online self-study course. The Handbook of Thanatology Self Study Course offers online quizzes in six sections that mirror the printed handbook. Purchase and complete the quizzes online for continuing education credit or nursing contact hours. If you don't already own the Handbook of Thanatology itself, you can buy .pdf versions of its sections, or a hard copy of ...
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Preventing Psychological & Moral Injury in Military Service

This session will be an informal, unofficial international exchange among military and mental health professionals on prevention and early treatment of psychological and moral injury in military service. No one will speak officially for their services or for their governments. Their remarks are their own. Attendees agree not to publish or circulate attributed quotations, without permission of the person quoted; participation does not imply endorsement of remarks by other presenters. An occupat...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Preventing Psychological Distress by Advising People in a Situation of Ongoing Life Threat

This PMI will focus on ways to prevent psychological distress in people who are confronted with an ongoing life-threatening situation. Our guideline for discussing this topic will be recent research on terrorist threats and close protection in politicians in the Netherlands. Following two political murders in the Netherlands, politicians under terrorist threat have been confronted with increasingly stringent security measures. Both the life threat in itself and the protective measures that are...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Group Applications of Cogntive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) has been shown to be an effective treatment of PTSD for civilian and veteran males and females with various trauma histories. Although often used as an individual therapy, CPT has been found to be an effective group or combined group and individual therapy modality. This workshop will provide training in the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy in various group formats, including combinations with individual therapy. The presenters will conduct a brief review ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Ethics in the Treatment of Chronically Traumatized Individuals

Therapists need to develop congruent personal and professional ethics to supplement formal ethics codes in order to prevent and manage the numerous complex issues that emerge in the treatment of chronically traumatized individuals. Such ethics need to be clearyet flexible in order to navigate successfully the shifting challengesin trauma therapies. This workshop explores ways to develop ethics that support therapists in acting most adaptively because they are aware of the risks and challenges ...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Delivery of Prolonged Exposure for PTSD: An Introduction

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating and chronic mental illness with lifetime rates ranging from 8%-14% of the U.S. population and12-month prevalence rates of approximately 4%. Several psychotherapies have been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD. Of these therapies, the efficacy of prolonged exposure therapy (PE), a cognitive behavioral therapy using both in-vivo and imaginal exposure, has been strongly replicated, and shown to be effective for various types o...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Aiding Survivors of Torture: Evaluation of Asylum Seekers for Prevention of Re-Traumatization

Establishing safety is one of the fundamental principles of trauma treatment, yet trauma therapists seldom have the opportunity to contribute directly to this vital step. Testimony from medical and mental health evaluations may play an important role in asylum hearings in supporting the credibility of victims’ accounts and documenting the sequelae of the experience of torture or other trauma. By learning how to perform and report evaluations of survivors of torture and other human rights abu...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Public Mental Health in Crises and (Post-) Conflict in Low- and Middle Income Countries

This meeting addresses crucial topics in providing community based mental health and psychosocial services in crises in low and middle income (LIMA) countries. The meeting consists of a series of evidence driven participatory lectures and exercises. The goal is to be able to develop a culturally appropriate public mental health system integrating expertise from the disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, public health and anthropology. The objective is to obtain basic knowledge to...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Trauma Prevention as Social Change: From Trauma Theory to Real Life Practice

In this institute, we present three theory-based initiatives in trauma prevention and treatment. We describe two central theories and three initiatives based on them, highlighting the process, challenges, and benefits of attempts to put theory into actual practice. The theories are constructivist self development theory (McCann, Pearlman, 1990; Pearlman, Saakvitne, 1995), a relational trauma theory which provides a framework for understanding the psychological impact of traumatic life experien...
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Changing Patterns in Bereavement: Research, Experience & Baby Boomers Equals Changes in Grief Support

The content of this presentation is based on three factors that lead us to new understanding of grief and changes that can be made in grief support to better meet the needs of today’s griever. 1. Research in thanatology has given grief specialists incentive to see grief from an adjusted perspective and to develop support sensitive to these findings. 2. Baby Boomers, primarily those born in the second half of the 20th century, have been exposed to “in your face” death and violence f...
The Association for Death Education and Counseling

Death Education Online: Lessons Learned

As pedagogy and technology have advanced teaching and learning in all academic areas, so too has the opportunity for distance education developed in the field of thanatology. This panel of experienced online death educators will discuss the insights they’ve gained as they developed and implemented courses around the topics of death, dying and bereavement. Panel members will discuss approaches to content and pedagogy and the unique characteristics of online thanatology classes. Learning ob...
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Creative Interventions for Children Experiencing Traumatic Grief

Children who suffer from traumatic grief are dealing with both trauma and loss, and require treatment that addresses trauma symptoms as well as traditional grief therapy. This training will combine theoretical material with practical techniques. A brief overview of childhood traumatic grief will be presented, i.e. definition, symptoms and reactions, risk and resilience factors. Innovative activities will be presented to help bereaved children address trauma symptoms, process grief reactions, ...
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Bereavement After Suicide and Homicide: A Conversation About Differences and Similarities

The suicide or homicide of a loved one is likely to elicit profound trauma and completed grief responses in the mourner. Nonetheless, clinical experiences and research literature suggest that there are also differences in the two bereavement experiences. Drawing on their extensive work with survivors of these two types of traumatic loss, the presenters will discuss differences and similarities between suicide and homicide bereavement from four different aspects: the psychological impact on the...
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Balancing on a Shifting Rug—Facilitating End-of-Life Decision Making

Because illness is a transformative and dynamic process, so too is the accompanying decision-making regarding treatment. Complicated by increasing technology, decreasing education about the dying process, lack of comfort about this topic and fear of loss, our ability to understand and navigate complex end of life issues has been inhibited. Both the professional and lay communities struggle with their own definition of quality of life vs. quality of death and the search for meaning. Fear, misin...
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Working in the Light: Building Resilience in the Workplace Stressed by Violence or Trauma

This workshop emphasizes a strength-based action approach to inform practitioners about resilience and to provide strategies to develop and strengthen resilience. A growing body of research suggests that the negative impact of stressful situations is reduced through behavioral strategies to strengthen five core elements of resilience. During the workshop, participants will develop their own individual resilience-strengthening plans. Learning Objectives: Identify negative and positive eff...
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Mourning Beyond Gender: The Difference a Decade Makes

Ten years ago Martin and Doka published their work on adaptive grieving styles, work that Humphrey (2009) evaluated as one of two models they highly recommended to counseling professionals. This paper reviews the research and the changes in the last decade between publications. Specifically the work indicates the way new research testing their model as well as theoretical advances in such areas as the psychology of men. In particular, the paper reviews some of the interventive strategies that ...
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Teen Sibling Loss: Tools for Growth, Integration and Healing

Bereaved teens often feel disenfranchised and struggle with identity issues. They ask "Who am I now that my sibling is dead?" Presenters will discuss the adolescent's bereavement process and identify common themes that are often expressed through grieving siblings' stories. This grief to personal growth conceptualization of sibling bereavement may facilitate more directive and meaningful understanding, so that those who work with surviving sibling teens may help siblings integrate their losses...
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Grief Goes to Camp: Models, Outcomes and Assessment

The types and numbers of camping experiences for grieving children and adolescents have increased significantly in recent years. Models include day camps to overnight camps, differing in length of time, with or without caregivers. Such variety extends to camp goals, participant ages and types of activities. Those who value bereavement camps as supportive for grieving children recognize that an examination of the structure and outcomes of these camps would yield important clinical data for futu...
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The Shame of Death, Grief and Trauma

This presentation will show the significance of shame in grief and trauma. Shame co-occurs with other features of grief, as in shame associated separation anxiety, shame at grief vulnerabilities, such as perceived weakness or failure related to the loss, helplessness, loss of control anxiety, shame at being self-absorbed in grief, etc. Each and every way that loss may be typologized has characteristic shame features, such as accidental death, homicide, specific illnesses, etc. Any aspect or th...
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The Funeral as Social Stabilizer

Death rituals, present in virtually all societies, change very slowly, with many ritual components dating back centuries and even millennia. Death rituals allow both the immediate family and the social community to each express its stories of the deceased's life. With a push toward personalization in western funerals, it is possible to risk losing the social-stabilizing effects of predictable socially-sanctioned rituals. This presentation reviews historical roots of death rituals and criticall...
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