The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change

Author(s) : Pauline Boss

The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change

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"As we deal with the ambiguous losses we are experiencing in the pandemic, Boss reminds us that while grief is a lifelong journey, we still have opportunities both to build resilience and grow from loss - even those losses that are unclear. The key to coping with ambiguous loss is 'both/and' thinking - accepting the loss as well as recognizing that things are still here. What we have lost is gone, but we continue to retain an emotional and spiritual bond with it. As Boss notes, this is a most important insight as we live through this pandemic. Her work is a is a tour de force that unites her earlier writings on loss, trauma, and resilience and it is a hopeful message to all of us who struggle to make sense of today's world" Kenneth J Doka, PhD, Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America, Professor Emeritus, The College of New Rochelle.

"From her own professional and personal experience, Boss offers us lessons in dealing with ambiguous loss. She writes beautifully and with great emotion as she tackles one of our most difficult challenges - how to grow through pain and suffering. Boss is a cultural therapist whose work helps us understand ourselves and each other" Mary Pipher, psychologist and author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia

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