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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

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674003811
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
187,927
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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