Ambiguous Loss can be defined as an incomplete or uncertain form of loss, such as what one experiences when a loved one goes missing physically or is missing psychologically (i.e. suffering from a disease such as Alzheimer’s).
An ambiguous, or unresolved loss, is always stressful and an often tormenting form of loss as there is often never any resolution or closure for those experiencing it. Individuals suffering from ambiguous loss experience:
- Feelings of helplessness
- Relationship conflicts
- Inability to problem solve
- Guilt/ Shame