Up until the time my father died when I was 17 years old, I had witnessed tears in his eyes on only two occasions. The second was during a time of life-threat to one of our family members. It reflected the well-known dynamics that operate when one confronts the possibility of the death of a dearly beloved other with whom a deep and personally meaningful and reciprocal attachment has been sustained, and when that loss specifically threatens the very structure, stability, and continued existence of one’s intimate family group. Countless publications have been devoted to the analysis of this experience, informing the wider mental health community in general and the disciplines of thanatology and traumatology specifically. There have been ...

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