Monthly Meeting: May 27, 2021 (online)
An Exploration of Unresolved Griefwith
Jessica Goodfellow Ueno
Register: By Wednesday, May 26, midnight
Have you ever known a loss that you couldn’t seem to get over or suffered lasting grief, unable to find closure? If so, you may have been experiencing “ambiguous loss.” Our speaker this month, Jessica Goodfellow Ueno, will focus on this distinctive type of loss, sharing the ideas and research of Dr. Pauline Boss, professor emeritus of the University of Minnesota, who pioneered the theory of ambiguous loss. Jessica’s presentation will explore how this differs from more ordinary loss, and how we can cope with it ourselves and help loved ones who are experiencing it. Jessica will also look at ambiguous loss in the context of the pandemic and the divisive cultural and political climate in the United States, offering Dr. Boss’s recommendations for dealing with these situations.
Jessica is a poet, essayist, and educator from the United States. She has lived in Kobe on and off since 1990. The author of four books of poetry, Jessica has received numerous awards for her writing. In 2016, she served as writer-in-residence at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, and her book Whiteout (2017) is an account of the ambiguous loss her family experienced when her uncle perished on Denali as part of the 1967 Wilcox Expedition. Her work appears in journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2018. In education, Jessica’s interests are disparate, from analytical to literary, sparking in her a strong desire to explore creativity. Currently, she teaches creative writing in the graduate program at Kwansei Gakuin University. You can read more about Jessica and her work on her website.