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The myth of closure : ambiguous loss in a time of pandemic and change  Cover Image Book Book

The myth of closure : ambiguous loss in a time of pandemic and change / Pauline Boss, Ph.D.

Boss, Pauline, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781324016816
  • ISBN: 1324016817
  • Physical Description: xxii, 180 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Ambiguous Loss -- The Myth of Closure -- Racism Invisibility -- Resilience: Our Best Hope in the Face of Ambiguous Loss -- The Paradox of Absence and Presence -- Both/And Thinking -- Six Guidelines for the Resilience to Live With Loss -- If Not Closure, What's Normal Grief? -- Loss and Change.
Summary, etc.:
"How do we begin to cope with loss that cannot be resolved? The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us haunted by feelings of anxiety, despair, and even anger. In this book, pioneering therapist Pauline Boss identifies these vague feelings of distress as ambiguous loss. This is what we experience when a loss remains unclear and undefined, and thus lingers indefinitely. Now, with a pandemic that has upended the lives of people across the globe, we are collectively experiencing ambiguous loss-loss of trust in the world as a safe place and loss of certainty about our healthcare, education for our children, employment, and the rebuilding of our lives after so much loss. Here, you will find guidance for beginning to cope with this lingering distress, and even learn how this time of pandemic has taught us to tolerate ambiguity, build resilience, and emerge from crises stronger than we were before"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Loss (Psychology)
Resilience (Personality trait)
COVID-19 (Disease) > Psychological aspects.

Available copies

  • 3 of 4 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Rolla Public Library NF 155.93 BOS (Text) 38256101827974 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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