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Title: Holding on to hope: A review of the literature exploring missing persons, hope and ambiguous loss
Contributor(s): Wayland, Sarah  (author)orcid ; Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; McKay, Kathryn  (author); Glassock, Geoffrey (author)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2015.1068245
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Abstract: When a person goes missing, those left behind mourn an ambiguous loss where grief can be disenfranchised. Different to bereavement following death, hope figures into this experience as a missing person has the potential to return. This review explores hope for families of missing people. Lived experience of ambiguous loss was deconstructed to reveal responses punctuated by hope, which had practical and psychological implications for those learning to live with an unresolved absence. Future lines of enquiry must address the dearth of research exploring the role of hope, unresolved grief, and its clinical implications when a person is missing.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Death Studies, 40(1), p. 54-60
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0748-1187
Field of Research (FOR): 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
111712 Health Promotion
111708 Health and Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920410 Mental Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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