Webinar: Understanding Ambiguous Loss

This webinar was brought to us by Hospice Foundation of America

Date and Time

Tue, 13 December 2022

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST


NOHS Boardroom

3506 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4

Cost: Ticketing will be free for NOHS Society Members, Volunteers and Staff. For all others, there is a $10.00 charge per webinar. This is an honour system. To become a NOHS society member please click HERE. Membership is $20.00 per year.

About this event

This Year NOHS is returning to IN PERSON webinars!

We are delighted to host you in our Boardroom during these webinars. After each webinar, we will take 15 minutes to discuss the webinar, how it relates to ourselves and our community. These are rich discussions that add to the learning and understanding of the topic.


Dr. Pauline Boss, who coined the term ambiguous loss, will discuss its two types, research updates, and whether there is some ambiguity even in the finality of death. She explains why traditional grief therapy does not work with ambiguous losses and offers ways of thinking both/and, which helps people manage the stress of “not knowing.” Instead of closure and acceptance, the therapeutic goal with ambiguous loss is to build enough resilience to live with the stress of this unique and ubiquitous kind of loss. Six guidelines are offered to assist therapists and counselors in this work.


Pauline Boss, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Senior Vice President, Grief Programs at Hospice Foundation of America (HFA).

REACH (Resources, Education, and Advocacy to Champion Hospice-palliative care) is an innovative program designed to engage, inform, and educate the North Okanagan community with the goal of improving palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement care

Every year, NOHS hosts a suite of webinars published by the Hospice Foundation of America.

*Please note that "Continuing Education" credits are available for North Okanagan Hospice Society members, staff and volunteers only.

Tickets and More Information

Understanding Ambiguous Loss Tickets, Tue, 13 Dec 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

Contact Information

Clara Dyck, RN, MSN, CHPCN (C), Education & Resource Leader, NOHS

[email protected]

(250) 503-1800 ext. 104