Tag: grief

A sketch of societal-based obstacles to transformation after trauma

In the preface to his book The Order of Things (1966/1973), Michel Foucault shared the following excerpt from an ancient Chinese encyclopedia: “… animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) …

“Toys of War”

In this touching and brief documentary by Andrew Berends, children in South Sudan use clay, pieces of fabric, and flowers to narrate the raid on their village that led to murder of family members and their current state of homelessness. Art is known to help heal the psychological rupture that trauma causes. For these Sudanese children, their creative ‘play’ gives expression …

Grief following natural disasters

Since 1975, natural disasters increased by 430%. Yet percentages mean little to those whose homes, communities, and livelihoods are destroyed when monster storms like Hurricane Sandy (2012) collided with the Atlantic Seaboard. Thank goodness for volunteers, places of worship, civic-minded organizations, and professionals who plan for the unthinkable, and are there when shock and disaster …