Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief

Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief

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by Pauline Boss
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674003810

ISBN-13: 9780674003811

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Frozen sadness: this is what we have when we cannot really know what we have lost. And this is what Pauline Boss illuminates, and helps to ease, in Ambiguous Loss, an original and humane account of the ravages of uncertainty faced when we lose a loved one through divorce, adoption, addiction, chronic mental illness, immigration, or Alzheimer's. With sensitivity

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Frozen sadness: this is what we have when we cannot really know what we have lost. And this is what Pauline Boss illuminates, and helps to ease, in Ambiguous Loss, an original and humane account of the ravages of uncertainty faced when we lose a loved one through divorce, adoption, addiction, chronic mental illness, immigration, or Alzheimer's. With sensitivity and lucidity, Boss explores the tumultuous emotions stirred up by such losses, especially the wide fluctuations between hope and hopelessness. Drawing on her research and clinical experience, Boss suggests strategies that can cushion the pain and offers heartening narratives of those who cope with ambiguous losses and manage to move on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674003811
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
180,892
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.46(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Frozen Grief

2. Leaving without Goodbye

3. Goodbye without Leaving

4. Mixed Emotions

5. Ups and Downs

6. The Family Gamble

7. The Turning Point

8. Making Sense out of Ambiguity

9. The Benefit of a Doubt

Notes

Acknowledgments

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Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheRavenCT More than 1 year ago
I would give the book five stars for the subject material of ambiguous loss. But the tools to manage the feelings that come with ambiguous loss are not clearer having read this book. All I got was that I need to redefine my life and relationships, but how to do that in light of the ambiguity of the loss is still very unclear. Each chapter is a set of stories without a clear thesis. There are no self-help steps, or really help in self-assessing. It's written more like an op-ed than a text on a subject. It's mostly anecdotal evidence that ambiguous loss exists and should be treated differently. It validates the experiences of those suffering from ambiguous loss.
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