Current Research Project

Shadowloss: A Non-Clinical Term Describing Loss Experiences


This study explores the idea that using a new name for certain types of grief and loss could benefit those learning about this new term by providing them with a different perspective and by gaining a fresh understanding of their experience. A growing body of research literature suggests that learning about the psychological effects of grief and loss could help us deal with adversity. Eliciting a self-compassionate approach towards our own experiences with loss has also proven to be a strong protective factor for the mental health of the mourning and bereaved. There is mounting anecdotal evidence regarding the use of the term "Shadowloss" to describe phenomena traditionally described by the more clinical and less approachable terms "disenfranchised grief" and "ambiguous loss" compelled the authors to conduct a study comparing the effectiveness of these terms in inducing self-compassion and positive affect as indicators of positive outcomes of loss.

KEYWORDS: Shadowloss, grief, psychoeducation, self-compassion, well-being


Bálint Novak (Hungary), Cole Imperi (USA)