The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change

The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change

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, 2022, non-fiction, engaging-nonfiction, grief, adult-non-fiction, dealing-with-life, Nonfiction, Psychology, Self Help, Race

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 caused by ambiguous loss, losses that remain unclear and hard to pin down, and thus have no closure. Collectively the world is grieving as the pandemic continues to change our everyday lives.



With a loss of trust in the world as a safe place, a loss of certainty about health care, education, employment, lingering anxieties plague many of us, even as parts of the world are opening back up again. Yet after so much loss, our search must be for a sense of meaning, and not something as elusive and impossible as "closure."



This book provides many strategies for coping: encouraging us to increase our tolerance of ambiguity and acknowledging our resilience as we express a normal grief, and still look to the future with hope and possibility.

Title:The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change
ISBN:9781324016816
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    The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change Reviews

  • Karen Schnakenberg

    I would give this a higher rating in terms of the important concepts that it introduces but have reduced it to 3 because there is much more repetition than development. In this book, Boss builds on he...

  • Danielle

    I really liked what Boss had to say - I'm hesitant of media that's about COVID since we're still firmly in the pandemic, but I think it's important that we recognize closure and/or grief is not a line...

  • Jennifer

    Find meaningRevise attachmentDiscover new hopeReconstruct identityAdjust masteryNormalize ambivalence"What you are experiencing is ambiguous loss; it is the most difficult loss because it defies resol...

  • Servando Patlan

    A very helpful and timely bookSometimes the less said, the better. This book invites you in to find a banquet table set for you to select as you need. Fill your plate, eat, chew, and digest. It Is a b...

  • Karen J.

    Quick read with good information. I loved the both/and thinking idea. I'm looking forward to reading her classic, Ambiguous Loss....

  • Beebee Pomegranate

    This was insulting for me to read. I hoped to garner some inisight into why white americans couldnt keep their shit together and have been acting like psychopathic toddlers. Instead, i've practically ...

  • Dory King

    Read this book after reading a newspaper article about it. The concept was enlightening but I’m not sure the book added much beyond the article I read. It felt like the author was basically repackag...

  • Jennifer

    The Myth of Closure has good insights and is a worthwhile read to help you process loss: the losses you have endured in the past or that you are currently experiencing. I appreciate it when a concept ...

  • Zhuo Zhang

    The most important chapter is Chapter 7 which provides six guidelines for Resilience to live with loss:1. Find Meaning“What does this loss mean to me?”2. Adjust need for MasteryMastery is the abil...

  • Prerna Panda

    The writing is very honest and logical in understanding why 'closure' shouldn't be the ultimate goal following a loss.One of the best lines from the book is as follows:Contrary to what some may think,...