Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Unknown Compounds Families' Grief

Posted on March 13, 2014

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Tension and frustration is mounting as families wait for any morsel of news about the whereabouts of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the fate of their loved ones. Mental health experts say it is the not knowing that compounds their unresolved grief.

It's been four days since the flight between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board. An international search of large swaths of ocean on either side of the Malay Peninsula has turned up no evidence of the lost Boeing 777.

"The hardest thing for human beings to deal with is the unknown,” said Ann Rosen Spector, a clinical psychologist from Philadelphia who specializes in grief. "If you look at science, religion or logic, it's about explaining the unknown. We always want to complete the circle. It's like a scab is ripped off every time another piece of information takes away the hope."

"First of all, they are dealing with conflicting reports," she said. "Every time you start to hold on to one piece of information, there is something else that is 180 degrees different. They don't have any place to put their anger or pain and keep getting the hope that something else will happen, a miracle to undead the person."

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