CFLE Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators, is a resource filled with information about Family Life Education. Network provides an opportunity for CFLEs to share their knowledge and expertise with other active CFLEs through research- or practice-based articles.

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Call for Articles

Fall 2021: Grief and Loss

Submit proposals by Sept. 1, 2021
Article deadline: Sept. 15, 2021

This issue of CFLE Network will address grief associated with clear or ambiguous losses experienced by families and their members. Ambiguous loss, studied extensively by Pauline Boss, a family therapist and NCFR fellow, refers to family members being lost physically without verification of death; lost psychologically, as with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia; or, most recently, to losses associated COVID-19, such as missed family events, missed school events, or missed opportunities that will not return such as attending funerals or annual events (Boss & Tippett, 2020; Ambiguous Loss Resources;…). Ambiguous loss does not allow for closure: “Because there is no closure, grief is ongoing, sometimes for a lifetime” (2015; Helping Families Learn to Live With Ambiguous Loss;

Please consider contributing an article for the Fall 2021 issue of Network on any topic relevant to Family Life Education and grief associated with clear or ambiguous losses experienced by families and their members. Examples of potential topics include the following:

  • Describing your professional experiences working with families coping with clear loss due to the anticipated or unexpected death of a family member.
  • Describing your professional experiences working with families coping with ambiguous loss due to divorce, remarriage, adoption, foster care, birth of a child with a disability, immigration, or other unclear loss.
  • Developing or providing pertinent services such as programs, classes, support groups, online databases, newsletters, and so on for families coping with clear or ambiguous loss.

Email Beth Morgan, Ph.D., CFLE, CFLE Network Editor, at [email protected] with questions or for more information.


Future Issue Themes

  • Winter 2022 Community Partnerships (Intent to Submit Deadline: Dec. 1, Submission Deadline: Dec. 15)


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