"Compassion and Courage in the Aftermath of Traumatic Loss" presents a moving glimpse into the mind and heart of a mental health clinician who volunteered after the World Trade Center attacks. Written at "Ground Zero" during the time of greatest ...
need, this memoir gives a behind-the-scenes view of disaster response, including the mechanics of developing a plan, setting up systems to address the needs of survivors and victims' families, and the responses to those who suddenly found themselves in the midst of one of the most traumatic events in recent history. The author illustrates through this very personal journal the family reactions, the stages of grief, the stages of compassion fatigue, coping with trauma exposure, the effects of the disaster on every aspect of a survivor's life, and ultimately, the touching lessons learned of compassion, strength, hope, and courage. "Compassion and Courage in the Aftermath of Traumatic Loss" is more than a retelling of an event. This book enfolds the reader with intense multi-sense descriptions of what truly happened after the soul-searing disaster and the ways people tried to cope. The author presents a moving, clear picture of post-disaster operations from someone in the know, along with the ways in which support was provided to survivors and families. Important lessons are revealed along the way, most of all about how simple, ordinary people can rise to extraordinary heights of courage, compassion, and resiliency. "Compassion and Courage in the Aftermath of Traumatic Loss" provides a stirring look at disaster response and the overwhelming emotions that result, and is vital reading for human services professionals, medical professionals, clinicians, early responders, disaster workers, educators, students, families of victims and survivors, and anyone interested in the day-to-day trials and tribulations of this horrific historic event.