There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to put aside, like the idea we’ve accepted that grief has five linear stages and we come out the other side done with it. She coined the term “ambiguous loss,” creating a new field in family therapy and psychology. And she has wisdom for the complicated griefs and losses in all of our lives and in how we best approach the losses of others — including those very much in our public midst right now.
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Healing Our Fractured Civic Spaces
The Civil Conversations Project is a series of podcasts, live events, and online resources for beginning new conversations in public life at every level. How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it? Krista Tippett draws out voices of wisdom, poetry, and practicality, one on one as well as in dialogue. They model a new kind of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.
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» Columnist Omid Safi interviewed on North Carolina Public Radio program "The State of Things."
» President Obama awards Krista Tippett with National Humanities Medal.
» Gawker lists On Being in "8 Smart Podcasts You Should Hear."
» Jane Gross' On Being column featured on RogerEbert.com.
The Civil Conversations Project
In this series of conversations, we draw out fresh ways to disarm dead-end debates on racial and economic isolation, partisanship, and abortion. These wise voices – john a. powell, Sr. Simone Campbell, Jonathan Haidt, John Paul Lederach, and David Gushee and Frances Kissling – model a new kind of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.
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