Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief

By | December 29, 2017
Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief Author Pauline Boss
ISBN-10 0674003810
ISBN-13 9780674003811
Year 2000-10-02
Pages 176
Language English
Publisher Harvard University Press
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When a loved one dies we mourn our loss We take comfort in the rituals that mark the passing and we turn to those around us for support But what happens when there is no closure when a family member or a friend who may be still alive is lost to us nonetheless How for example does the mother whose soldier son is missing in action or the family of an Alzheimer s patient who is suffering from severe dementia deal with the uncertainty surrounding this kind of loss In this sensitive and lucid account Pauline Boss explains that all too often those confronted with such ambiguous loss fluctuate between hope and hopelessness Suffered too long these emotions can deaden feeling and make it impossible for people to move on with their lives Yet the central message of this book is that they can move on Drawing on her research and clinical experience Boss suggests strategies that can cushion the pain and help families come to terms with their grief Her work features the heartening narratives of those who cope with ambiguous loss and manage to leave their sadness behind including those who have lost family members to divorce immigration adoption chronic mental illness and brain injury With its message of hope this eloquent book offers guidance and understanding to those struggling to regain their lives

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