When a child disappears, families experience a loss unlike any other. This “ambiguous loss” is heart rending because there is no closure. Families have hope that their child will be found alive. Even when hope ends in the confirmed death of their loved one, families can find solace in grieving with one another. Such losses make people feel they have absolutely no control, but there are steps they can take to deal with this type of loss. Setting up websites and scholarship funds, giving lectures about dealing with loss, participating in focus groups, holding annual rituals and observations, and participating in faith-based activities can help grieving families in their time of need.
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