Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5:30 - 7:00PM EST

Ambiguous Loss

Pauline Boss, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota

Dr. Paulene Boss is recognized for her groundbreaking research and as the pioneer theorist of ambiguous loss, having a loved one both here and not here, physically present and cognitively declining.
She offers hope for caregivers while coping with stress and grief. During her time with us she will offer guidelines for building and sustaining resiliency. Dr. Boss will also discuss the unique challenges and offer sage advice for families living with dementia during the pandemic.
Pauline Boss, Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota; family therapist; and consultant is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a former president of the National Council on Family Relations.
With her groundbreaking work in research and practice, Dr. Boss coined the term ambiguous loss in the 1970s and since then, developed and tested the theory of ambiguous loss, a guide for working with families of the missing, physically or psychologically. She summarized this research and clinical work in her widely acclaimed book, Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 2000).
In addition to hundreds of academic articles and book chapters, her books include Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss (W. W. Norton, 2006) and Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Her most recent book is The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic, to be published by W. W. Norton in November 2021.
For more information about Dr. Boss, her writings, and the ambiguous loss online training program, see

This is a virtual event, offered online by Zoom or by phone. Click the RSVP button below and you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for Zoom and the link to join, and the phone number if you would like to listen without a computer. Please check your inbox for the email with the information to access the program on October 19, at 5:30PM.