What Is Ambiguous Loss?
After the death of a loved one, we grieve. This is a normal and necessary part of the healing process. It helps us find closure.
But what if there is no closure? What happens when someone we love just... disappears? When a death can't be explained or even verified, how do we mourn?
This trauma is known as ambiguous loss, in which grief is complicated by fear and hope. It takes a heavy psychological toll on survivors, often resulting in obsession and even delusion. It can destroy relationships and tear families apart.
Over the past year, I have reached out to several individuals who are going through this loss. Three of them agreed to tell their stories on camera:
• Adamya, whose wife vanished after an alleged boating accident
• Beverly, whose son went missing in action during the Vietnam War
• James, whose older sister, along with two of her friends, disappeared on a camping trip twenty years ago
The goal of The Absence of Closure is to help people like Adamya, Beverly and James realize that they're not alone. It will hopefully help them find their own ways to heal when traditional catharsis is unattainable.
I want this film to be seen by as many eyes as possible, through film festivals and special screenings for mental health professionals and support groups.
Risks and challenges
As with all documentaries, there's a possibility that The Absence of Closure will take its own shape, based on the interviews and footage I get. But regardless, it will stay true to my original intent: to deliver an accurate depiction of ambiguous loss. And with the necessity of finishing this film to earn my MFA, I can guarantee that it will be done by next spring!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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