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Finding Closure: Who can move forward without it: 1

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As to the Asperger's, from the author's note she does not outright say but it seems clear that either she or a loved one has an 'aspie' child and she is writing from experience. Caitlin is well presented as a female with Asperger's. The typical picture the public has of someone with AS is a science, math, computer geek and this is not wrong. These are often very strong interests in males (which doesn't mean some females will too) but typically females show their 'geekiness' in words and books. They are writers, bookworms, grammar police, etc. Caitlin here is an excellent student with great writing skills and a fascination with the dictionary, who keeps lists of words with the accentuated part in caps. Typical female AS behaviour. Caitlin has some meltdowns, fortunately the author doesn't over do them, as has been done in other books I've read. Girls are less likely to have seriously noticeable meltdowns and hyperactivity making the typical age of diagnoses around 16 rather 8 as in boys. Caitlin's two least favourite subjects at school are recess and PE. This really endeared her to me as those were my most hated subjects as well. There is this anxiety feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as an aspie and Caitlin associates this with recess so whenever she gets this feeling she will say she is feeling recessy or has the recess feeling. This beautifully describes an everyday symptom of Asperger's. The ending of a significant piece of one's life — a relationship, job, stage of life, or way of thinking — may be difficult and even painful for many of us. Something that you once counted on as very important to your life is over and done. Defining closure in our society generally means moving past our pain and suffering and leaving behind our grief. We have timelines and milestones to mark our progression and expect most people to get over their sorrow in six to 12 months following a death or other tragic event. An ambiguous ending leaves the reader wondering about the “what ifs.” Instead of directly stating what happens to the characters after the book ends, it allows the reader to speculate about what might come next — without establishing a right or wrong answer. Things don't feel quite unresolved, more just open to interpretation.

For some, that may involve finding a particular purpose that gives meaning to your loved one’s life. For others, it may mean forging an entirely new identity outside of the role they filled when their loved one was alive. 8. Accept your feelingsJay's not sure he believes in therapy. He definitely doesn't believe in closure. People aren't doors. They're whole floor plans, entire labyrinths, and the harder you try to escape, the more lost inside them you become.” It’s okay to allow yourself to grieve over the death of your loved one. Crying, feeling sad, angry, and confused are all part of the natural grief process. Let all of those emotions come up to the surface, and try not to judge yourself for feeling what you feel. When you suppress your feelings, it stops you from moving forward in your healing. Pent-up emotions tend to erupt when least expected. 9. Confide in a friend There are certain crimes that seem to demand justice more than others; people seem to be appalled by certain types of crimes, and sexual assault is certainly one of those. Considering that sexual assault is one of those crimes that desperately cries out for justice it may be hard to imagine a sexual assault victim wanting to enter a restorative justice program with the offender. Despite what might intuitively seem to be a strong desire for vengeance or suffering against a sexual assault offender, many people have chosen to take part in a restorative justice program specifically for sex assault called RESTORE.

Speak to a professional therapist or counselor. It may also be useful to speak to a professional therapist about your emotions, especially if you do not want to burden your friends and family all the time with your thoughts and are looking for professional guidance.

DuFour, S. N. (2016). "Shame, Anger, and Guilt: The Hierarchy of Emotions in Restorative Justice." Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse, 8(04). Retrieved from http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/a?id=1401 MLA Now that you understand what kind of endings there are, let’s start thinking about how to create them for yourself! Read on to the next section of this guide. Mingus, W., & Burchfield, K. (2012). From prison to integration: Applying modified labeling theory to sex offenders. Criminal Justice Studies, 25(1), 97-109. doi: 10.1080/1478601x.2012.657906

Remember, the more you work on your life, the more you'll bring to the table in your next relationship. If you don't, your inability to create a meaningful life for yourself will be what ruins it. Much of storytelling is cyclical. Sometimes it’s a metaphorical return home, such as in The Hero’s Journey. In other cases, the cycle is quite literal — the story ends where it began. form. The fees for the advice of an attorney should not be compared to the fees of do-it-yourself online Feel grateful. While it’s definitely understandable to feel anger and resentment, try not to garner any animosity toward the other person, and instead thank them for all the great memories you both shared together. “Rather than blaming him, I can just thank him and move on,” Shah said, with regard to the breakup of her own serious relationship. “He gave me the best five years of my life, and I couldn’t be more thankful. It just gives me something to believe in.”Koss (2014) describes how RESTORE is a restorative justice program and the process that is involved. RESTORE is a program that attempts to foster a dialogue between the victim (called survivor-victims) and the offender (called the responsible person). The names used for the victim and offender in the program demonstrate how the program attempts to reverse the power roles that were in play when the crime occurred. Koss (2014) reported that one of the primary reasons victims chose RESTORE was to be able to individualize the way accountability would be imposed on the offender. The majority of the offenders in the program ended up writing a letter of apology that would be read aloud by the offender at the final conference. This is an interesting aspect of the program because one main criticism against restorative justice is that it uses the victims of crimes as an “apology sponge” to make the offender feel better about themselves (Koss, 2014, p. 1653). The victims in the program were given the choice of attending that final conference and not one victim during the study chose to be present at that conference to hear the apology.

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