Peer Support

To supporters and professionals

Everyone has the power to heal themselves from difficult situations. Its power has been termed as “resilience” in recent years. How to support this resilience is also key in “ambiguous loss.

 

Most people in any state of “ambiguous loss” are able to cope with it with through the support of their families and communities. In order to do this, it is important to work from a “family therapy” perspective, to reestablish their family ties, as mentioned earlier.

 

It is also extremely important to create a “peer support” group in the community, whose members have gone through a similar experience in order to create a place offering trustworthy information and emotional security.

 

Dr. Pauline Boss also held group meetings for families of missing persons in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, bringing them together and helping many people recover. For a summary, please refer to “Support after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York” in this corner.