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Rabbi Rami talks to trauma expert and Zen priest Dr. Joanne Cacciatore.
Host Rabbi Rami talks with Dr. Joanne Cacciatore about the traumatic loss of her child at birth, a raw list of "things she knows", and her new book Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. A review of her book appears in the July/August issue of Spirituality & Health magazine.
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is an ordained Zen priest, affiliated with Zen Garland and its child bereavement center outside of New York City. She is in the process of building a “care-farm” and respite center for the traumatically bereaved, just outside Sedona, Arizona. She is an acclaimed public speaker and provides expert consulting and witness services in the area of traumatic loss. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Lancet, Social Work and Healthcare, and Death Studies, among others. She received her PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Arizona State University. Her work has been featured in major media sources such as People and Newsweek magazines, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, CNN, National Public Radio, and the Los Angeles Times. She has been the recipient of many regional and national awards for her empathic work and service to people suffering traumatic grief. She travels quite often but spends most of her time in Sedona, Arizona, with her family and three rescue dogs.