Honoring Differences: Cultural Issues in the Treatment
of Trauma and Loss

Kathleen Nader, B. Hudnall Stamm, Nancy Dubrow


Three respected researchers and providers have brought before us the celebration of diversity. While the word diversity would be much more effective than "differences", which too many use as a form of label emerging from biases and fear, we are brought into the reality of what makes people, cultures and communities so rich and rare.

We meet people, we meet ourselves, and, as more sensitized practitioners, can now serve more effectively as we tend to our own stories (and issues) while reaching out to the gifts that are in others. Part 1 invites us to recognize and honor differences among cultures. We then explore "cultures of The United States", noting the African American cultural responses to loss, the Native North American, Mexicans in Southwest United States, and working with Southeast Asian people who have migrated to the United States. Part 2 explores international cultures. Of particular significance are the discussions of war and trauma in the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, Israeli society between the culture of death and the culture of life, trauma and recovery in Palestinian vulnerability and the various challenges to and for healing.

The Rev. Richard B. Gilbert, D.Min., Executive Director, The World Pastoral Care Center

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