Getting on with post-pandemic life, and not waiting for closure
After two years, a lot of people are wondering "when will the pandemic be over?"
It's not like the Olympics or a declared war; there's no closing or surrender ceremony. Besides, it's not so much a closing we seek as a closure... the feeling that a phase has ended.
Pauline Boss, a longtime therapist, says we may be asking for too much. Boss's work focuses on "ambiguous loss," a sense of loss that may not be easily attributed to a single event or set of circumstances.
And she explores that feeling in the context of COVID in her recent book The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change.
The author joins us for a talk on dealing with feelings of loss and anxiety and more.