The closure phase of the mentoring relationship is often overlooked or ignored. By the time you reach this phase you may be meeting less frequently, so the temptation is not to engage in closure but let the relationship fade out naturally rather than formally.
Some people avoid closure in any relationship, and this carries over into their mentoring relationships as well. Mentees often avoid closure if they have relied heavily on their mentor and are not sure what the next step might be without them. They have been supported and sustained and now are uneasy about moving forward without their mentor. Some are simply uncomfortable showing gratitude or expressing the emotion they feel. Some don’t wish to appear ...

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