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Military Death And The Families’ Reaction To Losing Their Loved Ones

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Losing a loved one is always a difficult and traumatic time that every person in his or her life has to go through. People go through many stages of grief and react to death differently. Some people tend to have flat a fleck, while others are seen whaling to miss that loved one. Many people feel an intense sadness or lost when someone close to them dies. This affects the way they react to others, extend of their physical and mental health in which is tested as well the length of healing to get over this devastating time. For this paper I will discuss the effects of Military Death and the families’ reaction to losing their loved ones.
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When a solider dies, the family is notified by a uniform death envoy. The military honors it fallen members by a personal appearance to the families house. While there, the family is told about the funeral traditions, and the family picks one that is more comforting to remember the person by. Since the family presence is voluntary, the family group can decide into what degree military rituals will be included into the mourning process. Not every military death is experienced the same way whether it’s the experienced by the family, neighborhood or a society. “Military deaths may be experienced different by families and communities depending upon how they are perceived. Many military families lose loved ones to combat, and in some cases the body maybe disfigured, for example if the death was caused by an improvised explosive device.” (Retrieved from http://nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/military_grief_medical.pdf). This goes to show that all these different situations can further complicate the family’s reactions and change their ability to associate their losses. Countless families and friends find these military customs of ceremonies very comforting and soothing.
In an article “Ambiguous Loss Research, Theory, and Practice: Reflections After 9/11” written by Pauline Boss, she concentrated on ambiguous loss, family intervention, missing persons and traumatic loss. This article associates to military family because those are the issues they are faced or will be faced later on life, while having their loved ones in military shipped out in different combat stations not knowing will they survive and return home. Pauline Boss incorporates both types of ambiguous losses that are psychological and physical, where it differed from an ordinary loss in the case where there is no information or facts of death in the case of the military. Nor is it assured that if the soldier does come back home will he/she return to the way they used to be. The focal point she concentrates on is the after effects of September 11, 2001, where the World Trade Center was attacked by the terrorists, where so many lives have been lost, and at the same time, lives have been changed dramatically. She states in her article “Without proof of death, family members do not know what to do or how to think, so they deny the loss and continue to hope (Boss Pg.554).” That is the case in numerous military families without any verification the family doesn’t want to believe or accept the death of their loved ones, they have aspiration that their loved one is safe and will return home soon to be with the family. In the case of a tragic or a natural death people do experience ambiguous losses where they are left without the physical access to their loved one that they cared so dearly for. As a result of that many military families their loss is even...

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