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The Myth of Closure - Mourning Our COVID Dead
May 27, 2022
Shortly before Memorial Day, Americans marked a grim milestone - one million deaths from COVID-19. How can we comprehend such a loss? How can we commemorate it? And how can we make sure this never happens again?
Sabila Khan
“No One is Holding Back Their Pain” - The Muslim Burial Abu Didn’t Get May 27, 2022
In April 2020, Sabila Khan found herself in the surreal position of watching her father’s burial on her cell phone. The experience of losing him without the usual comforts of a Muslim funeral sent her online looking for support. When she did not find what she needed, she co-founded a group called “COVID-19 Loss Support for Family and Friends.”

Sabila Khan. Co-founder of the Facebook group COVID-19 Loss Support for Family and Friends.
Dr. pauline Boss, Ph.D.
“There are No Hallmark Cards for This” - What is Ambiguous Loss? May 27, 2022
Dr. Pauline Boss has spent decades studying what Sabila Khan has been living through for two years: ambiguous loss. In ambiguous loss, there may be no body to bury, no clear explanation of a death, no real answer to the question, “Why did this happen?” In her new book, The Myth of Closure, Dr. Boss examines the losses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and, for the first time in her career, puts herself and her own losses in the book.

Dr. Boss then outlines six practices that help the bereaved confront ambiguous loss – meaning, mastery, identity, ambivalence, attachment, and new hope.

Dr. Pauline Boss, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor at the University of Minnesota. Author of Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change from W.W Norton & Co.

The Myth of Closure by Dr. Paulin Boss Ph.D. W. W. Norton & Co.
The Myth of Closure
W. W. Norton and Co.


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