How do you mourn a missing person?
As the search continues for Malaysian Airlines flight 370, loved ones are left, not only alone – but stranded in the unknown. Families and friends of passengers on this ill-fated flight, similar to the loved ones of soldiers missing in action, will forever question, emotions fluctuating between hope and hopelessness. Caught in this hellish limbo of unresolved grief and unanswered questions, without the comfort of mourning rituals, the widowed and loved ones experience a unique type of bereavement, referred to as “ambiguous loss.” (Even the term sounds cruel and unsympathetic.)
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