Behavioral Health

Learning to Live with Ambiguous Loss and Unresolved Grief

How do we learn to cope with intangible losses that grieve us? The things we cannot name — feelings and thoughts that hover outside our conscious mind making our hearts heavy — can be loads we carry without knowing the cost of our burdens.

We talk here with LSS Therapists Kay Kinkel and Kari Duong-Topp on coping with ambiguous loss.

Present absence

We all experience losses that seem intangible because there is no body to bury, no death to name. These losses generate grief nonetheless and can impact our ability to function well.

Some examples include: