ABOUT AMBIGUOUS LOSS UK
An 'ambiguous loss' occurs when a loved one suddenly disappears (eg. missing), remains out of reach (eg. immigration) or is lost psychologically (eg. dementia). It is the most stressful and traumatic type of loss, uncontrollable and enduring, leaving those affected in limbo. The term was coined by Pauline Boss in the 1970s. Find out more about ambiguous loss.
Chloe Swinton founded ALUK in 2015, after 15 years of working in the field supporting families and individuals, and recognising her own ambiguous losses in the past. Ambiguous loss is a social issue which affects most of us in some way, but few people know of the term. Chloe has been inspired by the work of Pauline Boss in the US who has written many books on the subject.
A compassionate world supportive and understanding of ambiguous loss.
Chloe's mission is to use her expertise and skills to provide support using various therapeutic methods, and to raise awareness through training and talks. Chloe would love to collaborate with other therapists and build local networks of specialised support across the UK. She is currently writing a book on ambiguous loss to support those affected.