Ambiguous Loss: Definition, How to Cope & When to Get Help
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Originally Published: September 10, 2021
Original Author: Iris Waichler, LCSW
Original Reviewer: Rajy Abulhosn, MD
Updated: October 26, 2022
Author: No Change
Reviewer: No Change
Primary Changes: Updated for readability and clarity. Reviewed and added relevant resources. Added “Type-One Ambiguous Loss”, “Type-Two Ambiguous Loss”, “Why Is Ambiguous Loss So Hard to Get Over?”, and three new tips to “12 Ways to Cope With Ambiguous Loss”. New material written by Silvi Saxena, MBA, MSW, LSW, CCTP, OSW-C and reviewed by Kristen Fuller, MD.