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Ambiguous Loss

Monday, Jul 27 - 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Eccles Conference Center Auditorium - Map it
Family, Consumer and Human Development
Presented by Dr. Pauline Boss. Ambiguous loss is a loss that remains unclear. It can last for years, even a lifetime. A loved one goes missing physically (as in war) or psychologically (as with dementia). The incongruence between absence and presence creates a relational rupture that has no closure. Yet, people can and do live well despite such complicated loss and grief. The goal is family resiliency. Toward that end, Dr Boss discusses the psychological family and provides therapeutic guidelines for how to live with ambiguous loss. These concern meaning, mastery, identity, ambivalence, attachment, and hope. She lectures to interdisciplinary audiences and trains professionals around the world, all of whom are working with some kind of loss that has no closure. For more information, see
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