Helping Children Cope with Ambiguous Loss February 07, 2022
Ambiguous Loss & How to Help Children Cope with Uncertainty
Do you know or work with children who:
– Are in foster care or being raised by grandparents?
– Are separated from their parents for long periods of time?
– Have parents with substance abuse?
– Were unable to attend a funeral or grieving ritual for a loved one?
– Have a caregiver or loved one who is missing?
These are just a few common examples of ambiguous loss, which is defined as a loss with unclear boundaries.
This lack of closure and rituals around the complicated experience of ambiguous loss can exacerbate behavioral health challenges for children.