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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.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.