Guilt, Grief, and Guideposts:
A Conversation with Dr. Pauline Boss
and Kathy Ritchie


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

9 – 11:30 a.m. MST


Free-of-charge for family caregivers
$15 per person for professionals


Pauline Boss, PhD

Family therapist, pioneer theorist of ambiguous loss, and author of Loving Someone Who Has Dementia 

Kathy Ritchie

Next Avenue Health and Caregiving Editor

Dr. Pauline Boss will speak personally and professionally about caregiving during the pandemic. She will discuss guilt, grief, and the added ambiguity from COVID that caused loved ones to die alone – and mourners to grieve alone. No goodbyes, no funerals, no rituals of comfort and support. She will explain why feelings of guilt are likely to be part of a caregiver’s normal grief process, offering  guideposts for resilience and moving forward despite ambiguous loss. After sharing ideas from her latest book, The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change (to be released in mid-December 2021 by W. W. Norton), she will welcome questions.

Journalist Kathy Ritchie has appeared with Dr. Boss in past Duet symposiums. The synergy between the two has resonated with the hundreds who have registered for past events. Ms. Ritchie has reported extensively on multiple aspects of caregiving. She’ll share her personal experience caring for her late mother, while Dr. Boss will refer to caring for her late husband.

Whether you are a family caregiver or a professional, this truly will be a memorable learning experience. AARP Arizona State Director Dana Kennedy will moderate the discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions during the presentation to be answered by Dr. Boss and Ms. Ritchie.


Respite care reimbursement is available to Arizona residents on a first-come-first-served basis per a generous grant from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. To determine if you qualify, please call Duet and ask for Deanne Poulos at (602) 274-5022, ext. 115, or email poulos@duetaz.org.

Dana Kennedy

AARP Arizona State Director
Emcee and moderator

How the Event Will Work

You will receive an email immediately after registering and a reminder the day of the event that will contain the link to join the event.

To maximize your viewing experience, prior to the symposium we recommend installing Zoom on your device and testing your Zoom access beforehand. Simply click on the buttons below to install Zoom and to test it.


Sponsorships are available. For more information, please contact Lori Appleby Hoke at (602) 274-5022, ext. 132, or email applebyhoke@duetaz.org.

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Duet is a non-profit organization that promotes health and well-being through its vitally needed, free-of-charge services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; our Federal Tax ID number is 74-2370522. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.