Understanding Ambiguous Loss

Dr. Pauline Boss, who coined the term ambiguous loss, will discuss its two types, research updates, and whether there is some ambiguity even in the finality of death. She explains why traditional grief therapy does not work with ambiguous losses and offers ways of thinking both/and, which helps people manage the stress of “not knowing.” Instead of closure and acceptance, the therapeutic goal with ambiguous loss is to build enough resilience to live with the stress of this unique and ubiquitous kind of loss. Six guidelines are offered to assist therapists and counselors in this work.

On demand through December 12, 2023
Length: 90 minutes

Expert Presenters:

Pauline Boss, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a former president of the National Council on Family Relations. She practiced family therapy for over 40 years. Read more.

Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Senior Vice President, Grief Programs at Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) and the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Read more.
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Words from our Viewers

Outstanding program ~ thank you! Such a treat to see and hear Pauline Boss in person! And of course Ken Doka is always wonderful . . .

This is one of the best presentations I have attended in past 3 years.

Wonderful seminar as usual - thanks to Ken for joining in at the end - it was helpful to hear from both experts and to hear their interaction.

I have so much respect for Dr. Boss's research and work. It was a wonderful program.
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