Child abductions are a great grief for all parents and family. It goes well beyond losing but the ambiguity of that loss. The numerous “what ifs” associated with the missing child. Is my child alive, dead or suffering are horrible scenarios to imagine. This type of loss can also lead to unresolved grief if the child is never found.
The article, “Child abductions: Parents share pains, emotional trauma” bystates,
“Mariam Usman receives all calls to her phone with the hope that the caller brings news about her missing child. When the screen of her phone got faulty, her apprehension was heightened as she could not tell who the caller was until the conversation started. Daily, she hopes that someone would call and tell her the whereabouts of her son. She wakes up daily with prayers and hope, but as days turn into months, her hope wanes.”
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While this article deals with abductions in Africa, the feeling all parents feel is universal in nature. The loss of a child without any closure can be a complicated issue with long term pathological results. Please also review our Grief Counseling Program.