Unklarer verlust: Arbeit mit familien von vermissten

Translated title of the contribution: Ambiguous loss: Working with families of the missing

Pauline G. Boss

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In mastery-oriented societies and cultures the tendency is to seek »closure«, find the answer, fix the problem quickly. The situation of »ambiguous loss« is a most deeply challange. The situation of September 11 in New York City is especially complicated because the people search for evidence of their missing. The therapeutic challenge is the question: How can we help families to resolve their losses when they never have verification of death or a body to bury. The concept of ambiguous loss can in this situation be helpfull also in nontherapeutic context.

Translated title of the contributionAmbiguous loss: Working with families of the missing
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)44-50
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005


  • Ambiguous loss
  • Death
  • Loss
  • Missing
  • September 11


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