Upcoming Engagements

2018 Engagements:  Dr. Boss will be writing a book in 2018 and is not available for new speaking requests.


Recent Interviews & Podcasts

December 13, 2017

Ambiguous Loss
The [De]Constructionists Podcast

October 31, 2016
An Afternoon with Dr. Pauline Boss
Dr. Boss discusses Loving Someone Who Has Dementia
  (Jossey-Bass, 2011)
KJZZ Book Club
Tempe, Arizona

January 2, 2017
The Myth of Closure
Ackerman Institute for the Family Podcast

Still Here: Caregiving and Dementia
Safe Space Radio, Dr. Anne Hallberg interviews Dr. Boss.
Also, Dementia as an Ambiguous Loss (September 2, 2013).

September 8, 2016
Wetterlings Set Example for Dealing With Ambiguous Grief

MPR News, Tom Crann interviews Dr. Boss.

June 23, 2016

Myth of Closure
On Being, Krista Tippett interviews Dr. Boss.

Latest Book!

Family Stress Management: A Contextual Approach (3rd ed.), Sage, 2016
Pauline Boss, Chalandra M. Bryant, Jay A. Mancini
Description and order information

Family Stress Management

Other Available Books

Loving Someone Who Has Dementia, Jossey-Bass, 2011

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Loss, Trauma, and Resilience,
W. W. Norton, 2006
Descriptions, reviews, and order information

Ambiguous Loss,
Harvard University Press, 1999
Description, reviews, and order information

Family Stress, Classic and Contemporary Readings,
Sage, 2003
Description, reviews, and order information

Recent Articles by Dr. Boss & Additional Readings

Boss, P. (2016). The Context and Process of Theory Development: The Story of Ambiguous Loss. Journal of Family Theory & Review, Volume 8, Number 3, pp. 269-286. Description and order information. Also see full issue of Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8(3), Special Issue on Ambiguous Loss, for additional articles about ambiguous loss.

Boss, P. & Wetterling, P. (2016).  Disappearance, Not Death:  The Ambiguous Loss of a Missing Sibling.  In B. J. Marshall, & H. R. Winokuer(Eds.), R. A. Neimeyer (Series Ed.),
Sibling Loss Across the Lifespan (pp. 174-183).  New York:  Routledge.  Description and order information.

Beyond the Field: Dealing with Ambiguous Loss. Huffpost Religion (2/20/16) by Tammy McLeod, Harvard Chaplian, Director of College Ministry for Park Street Church. 

Boss, P., & Ishii, C. (2015). Trauma and Ambiguous Loss: The Lingering Presence of the Physically Absent. In K. Cherry (Ed.), Traumatic Stress and Long-term Recovery (pp. 271-289). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International. Description and order information.

Boss, P. (2015).  On the Usefulness of Theory: Applying Family Therapy and Family Science to the Relational Developmental Systems Metamodel.  Journal of Family Theory & Review, 7(2), 105-108. Description and order information.


Boss, P. (2015).  Coping with the Suffering of Ambiguous Loss.  In R. E. Anderson (Ed.), World Suffering and the Quality of Life (pp. 125-134).  New York: Springer.  Description and order information.

Boss, P., & Yeats, J. (2014). Ambiguous Loss: A Complicated Type of Grief When Loved Ones Disappear. Bereavement Care, Volume 33, pp. 63-69. Description and order information.


Boss, P. (2014). Family Stress. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research (pp. 2202-2208).  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. Description and order information.


Boss, P., & Dahl, C. M. (2014).  Family Therapy for the Unresolved Grief of Ambiguous Loss.  In D. W. Kissane & F. Parnes (Eds.), Bereavement Care for Families (pp. 171–182).  New York:  Routledge.Description and order information.

Boss, P. (2012).  The Myth of Closure.  Family Process, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp. 437-587.  Description and order information.

Boss, P. (2012).  Resilience as Tolerance for Ambiguity.  In D. S. Becvar (Ed.), Handbook of Family Resilience (pp.  285-297). New York: Springer. 
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Boss, P. (2012).  The Ambiguous Loss of Dementia:  A Relational View of Complicated Grief in Caregivers.  In M. O’Reilly-Landry (Ed.),  A Psychodynamic Understanding of Modern Medicine:  Placing the Person at the Center of Care.  London: Radcliffe. Description and order information.

For Caregivers of Spouses with Dementia, A Redefinition of Marriage Next Avenue (May 8, 2012). Read here.

Other Selected Publications

Caregiving and Ambiguous Loss:  Fact Sheet

This fact sheet was prepared by Family Caregiver Alliance in cooperation with California's Caregiver Resource Centers. Written by Pauline Boss for Family Caregiver Alliance. Read here.

Boss, P., Roos, S., Harris, D. L. (2011).  Grief in the Midst of Uncertainty and Ambiguity. In R. A. Neimeyer, D. L. Harris, H. R. Winokuer, & G. F. Thornton (Eds.), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society:  Bridging Research and Practice (pp. 163-175).  New York:  Taylor and Francis.  Click here for more information.

Boss, P. (2010). The Trauma and Complicated Grief of Ambiguous Loss.  Pastoral Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s11089-009-0264-0. Go to:  http://www.springerlink.com/content/y161224247v4712w/

Dunn, S. (2009, January).  When the Roof Falls In. O, The Oprah Magazine.
Go to http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200901_omag_change_happens

Boss, P. (2008, September).  Family focus on . . . Adoption:  Rethinking adoptions that dissolve:  What we need to know about research, practice, policies--and attitudes.  National Council on Family Relations Report, FF39, F5-F7, F19. For more information, go to https://www.ncfr.org/professional-resources/resource-collections/ambiguous-loss-resources/other-articles/rethinking-adopt

The Measurement of Boundary Ambiguity in Families (Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, 1990) manual by Pauline Boss, Jan. R. Greenberg, and Debra Pearce-McCall is now available online. https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/139543/SB593.pdf;jsessionid=F050F0A9CA3D8F02BA9BEDC24DDC8674?sequence=1

Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methods by Pauline Boss, William J. Doherty, Ralph LaRossa, Walter R. Schumm, and Suzanne K. Steinmetz is now available in softcover (Springer, 2009).   For more information, go to http://www.springer.com/psychology/counseling/book/978-0-387-85763.

Boss, P. (2007).  Guest Editor, Ambiguous Loss and Boundary Ambiguity [Special Issue].  Family Relations, 56(2). Ambiguous Loss Theory:  Challenges for Scholars and Practitioners.  Family Relations, 56(2), pages 105-11  For more information, go to http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117997763/issue

Dr. Boss' Interviews and Writings About Malaysia Airlines Flight 370


Grieving the Unknown: Families of the Missing Face Painful Limbo

NBCnews.com, Melissa Dahl, March 12

The Flight 370 Paradox: How Do You Mourn a Missing Person?
The Daily Beast, Abby Haglage, March 15


When Loved Ones Go Missing, Ambiguity Can Hold Grief Captive

NPR, All Things Considered, March 15

Families in "Frozen" State
CTV News Channel, March 17

The Pain of Flight MH370 Lies in Its Ambiguity, Op Ed by Pauline Boss
The Guardian, March 18

Relatives of Passengers on Missing Jet Face Different Stages of Grief
NBCnews.com, Elisha Fieldstadt, March 21

For Flight 370 Families, Loved Ones Forever Missing
The Takeaway, John Hockenberry, March 24

How Do You Mourn a Missing Person?

BBC News Online Magazine, Tanvi Misra, March 24

How Do You Grieve Those Lost -- Mudslide or Missing Airliner?
MPR, The Daily Circuit, Tom Weber, March 31

Agony, But No Answers for Flight 370 Families
CNN News, Interview Transcript, April 1 (Dr. Boss' interview appears 2/3 way into transcript.)

How to Support Families Dealing With Ambiguous Loss
CEHD Vision 2020 Blog, April 3

Living in Limbo

CNN News, April 4 (Dr. Boss' interview appears at approximately "6:35 a.m." in video link.)

BBC Radio
April 10 (Dr. Boss' interview starts at 13:08 into the 5 Live Show.)

Dr. Boss consults with therapists in Kuala Lumpur via SKYPE
on March 16.

Additional Interview About the Physically Missing

Living in Limbo: Grieving Gets Tougher When There's No Body To Bury
CNN, Moni Basu, April 13, Interview with Donna Carnes

Additional Interviews

The Lost: Living with Ambiguous Loss.  AARP Magazine (August - September 2014) Interview with Dr. Boss.


Dementia as an Ambiguous Loss (September 2, 2013).  Dr. Anne Hallberg, Safe Space Radio, interviewer.  Listen here.


Ambiguous Loss. Dr. Gloria Horsley, President of the Open to Hope Foundation, discusses ambiguous loss with Dr. Boss at the 2011 Association of Death Education and Counseling Conference.   View here.

Living With Dementia. Margaret Cochran, Ph.D., Whole Brain Thinking:  Wisdom, Love, & Magic interviews Dr. Boss about her new book, Loving Someone Who has Dementia. Listen here.

Ambiguous loss and the intersection of research and clinical work.  Steven Harris, Professor & Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, University of Minnesota, interviewer. View Part One. Part 2. Part 3.

Pauline Boss on Ambiguous Loss. View the National Conference on Family Relations YouTube Video of the Week.

How a Theory is Born:  A Conversation with Pauline Boss.  National Conference on Family Relations Members' Stories.  Nancy Gonzales, Interviewer.  Read here.

9/11 Familes Discover Mixed Emotions. View Dr. Boss' interview (May 3,2011) with Kare 11 TV (Minneapolis/St. Paul).

Recent Engagements

April 24, 2017
Lecture: Here But Not Here - Learning to Live with Ambiguous Loss
Charles Evan Lecture on the Art & Science of Caregiving

New York City


April 7, 2017
Workshop: Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure

Ackerman Institute for the Family

New York City


March 16, 2017
Annual Bill Lane Social Work Disaster Response Conference
Jacobi Medical Center

Bronx, New York

February 24, 2017
Workshop:  Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure:  A New Lens for Living with Unresolved Grief and Loss
Cathedral Counseling Center
Chicago, Illinois

January 18, 2017
Webinar: Ambiguous Loss Treatment and Interventions for Therapists
National Council on Family Relations
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January 24, 2017, 6-8 pm
Lecture: Ambiguous Loss: Coping with Losing Someone One Memory at a Time
Rakhma Homes
Twin Cities

November 3, 2016
Concurrent Session: Helping Families Manage Their Stress During Difficult Times
National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 6, 2016
Symposium:  How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief

Duet Partners in Health & Aging

Phoenix, Arizona

October 31, 2017

KJZZ Book Club, An Afternoon with Dr. Boss

Tempe, AZ

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November 2, 2017

DUET Family Caregiver Symposium

Phoenix, AZ

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