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Medicalising Grief

I'd like to share a fascinating and critical documentary from the BBC, Medicalising Grief, available to hear online only the next 7 days here

A thought provoking and honest discussion of grief, depression, and the DSM-5 featuring Drs. Jerome Wakefield of NYU, Allen Frances of Duke (emeritus), Gary Greenberg, psychotherapist, Lisa Cosgrove of Harvard, Trish Hill of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Joanne Cacciatore of Arizona State University, Dana Merkling of MISS Foundation. On a personal note, this comes in the midst of a very painful, traumatic loss of my own. I was unaware this would be aired today, so I dedicate my own participation in this documentary to the memory of my friend "T" and her grieving children.

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About Dr. Cacciatore

I am a reasonably happy person with plenty of quirks who cries every day at both the beauty and the pain in the world. My daily mindfulness practice is what helps me work in a very challenging field and benefits "I, Thou, and Us." For the past 16 years, I worked with and counseled those affected by traumatic death, particularly the death of a baby or child at any age and from any cause. 

I spend much of my time as a professor & researcher at Arizona State University and the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit organization with 75 chapters around the world aiding parents whose children have died or are dying.  And, I began the Kindness Project in 1997 as a way to help many grieving parents honor their beloved children who have died (please, join us in the Kindness Project).

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Along with very talented research assistants and interns, I design, research, and publish primarily original studies in the area of traumatic grief. If you'd like a copy of one of my papers from my vita which are not included below for students, please email me directly.

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