(noun) (fecho, fechamento, encerramento de uma etapa da vida, de uma atividade): Ordinarily, the word refers to the act of closing but it has recently taken on a new, pop psychological meaning referring to a specific physical act required to put a traumatic event behind us.
Usage: Today's word originates in the work of Gestalt psychologist Max Wertheimer (1929) but the meaning of the term never stabilized. In the US media, it has taken on the aura of a psychological necessity of all human beings before they can move on after a traumatic event. Burial of the remains seems to constitute closure for the pain of accidental or natural death. In the case of a murder, however, only watching the execution of the person convicted of the crime (guilty or not) constitutes closure in the US. Some believe it simply another term in the arsenal of psychobabble referring to a touching photogenic event for the media.
Suggested Usage: There are traumatic moments in life not associated with death; do they require closure, too? "The new lock that Bob Wire found on his office door signaled closure for his career at the Cook, Books, & Hyde Accounting Agency." Are there also varying degrees of trauma requiring closure? "Les Sweet claims that only a substantial dessert can bring closure to his evening meal."
The preliminary findings of the Traffic Management Plan do not support or recommend closure of Golden Avenue (or any other major traffic management measures) as volumes do not warrant it.
Closure of Golden Street is not part of the Richmond Road Community Design Plan.
This necklace has a gold closure clasp. This bag has a magnetic golden closure.
This event was the golden closure (encerramento com fecho de ouro?) of the 20th Century.
Source: YourDictionary et al.