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Loving Someone Who Has Dementia
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Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv 1 The Ambiguous Loss of Dementia: How Absence and Presence Coexist 1 2 The Complications of Both Loss and Grief 21 3 Stress, Coping, and Resiliency 37 4 The Myth of Closure 55 5 The Psychological Family 71 6 Family Rituals, Celebrations, and Gatherings 91 7 Seven Guidelines for the Journey 109 8 Delicious Ambiguity 137 9 The Good-Enough Relationship 155 Conclusion 167 A Note to Caregivers About Working with Health Care Professionals 173 Resources 181 Notes 187 About the Author 215 Index 217

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Pauline Boss, PhD, is emeritus professor at the University of Minnesota and was visiting professor at Harvard Medical School, 1995 1996, and Hunter School of Social Work, 2004 2005. She is best known for her groundbreaking research as the pioneer theorist and clinical practitioner of stress reduction for people whose loved ones are ambiguously lost.

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