Types of Ambiguous Loss
There are many types of ambiguous loss. Perhaps you can identify with one of the circumstances below:
- Does someone close to you have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?
- Are you suffering a loss after divorce?
- Is someone you love in a coma?
- Do you know someone who is missing?
- Are you living with someone who has an obsession and is detached from every day life?
- Has the person you love been moved into a care home?
- Are you living or working away from home and missing your family?
- Has someone close to you had a stroke or brain injury?
- Do you know someone with a terminal diagnosis such as cancer?
- Has someone who has been missing, died or been presumed dead?
- Does someone you know have an addiction and you are finding it hard to cope?
- Do you feel like running away or going missing?
- Have you just left everything behind, after fleeing domestic abuse?
- Have you had a miscarriage or stillborn loss?
- Has someone you know been ‘missing in action’?
- Does your partner or spouse constantly travel or in the army?
- Has someone who was previously missing, returned to your life?
- Have you been affected by someone who has taken their own life?
- Have your children left home and you are missing them?
- Is chronic mental illness affecting your relationship with someone?
- Are you a missing person and your life in limbo?
- Does someone you love have a degenerative disease such as Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease or Motor Neurone Disease?
- Does someone who has been missing in your life, not want contact?
- Is someone you know missing following a catastrophic tragedy, such as an accident or natural disaster?
- Have you emigrated and are missing those back at home?
- Are you unsettled now you are back at home, having previously been missing?
- Is your life in limbo?
Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering. - Paulo Coelho
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