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ISS/IRC Code COM-ORIGINS ENG-021
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Title Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief
Author BURNS ROBINSON Evelyn
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General information
Date published/issue 00-00-2000
Date received 00-00-0000
Place published AUSTRALIA
Editor
Publisher Clova Publications, PO Box 328 Christies Beach, South Australia 5165 - sales@clovapublications.com
Distributor
Page 206
Price
ISBN 1 74053 000 4
Type of material Book
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Document information
Document description Testimony
Country concerned AUSTRALIA
Index Abandon-cause
Secrecy-adoption
Fam-orig-post-adopt-sup
Origins-info
Identity-origin
Adoption-open
Abandonment
Free text Testimony given by a Scottish mother who gave her first child up for adoption in 1970. In Part One she tells the story of her life and describes the grief she suffered after surrendering her child and during all the years until 1991 when she made contact with him again. Part Two concern "the grief caused by adoption loss" - grief experienced by natural mothers who give up their children and by adopted people who do not meet their natural parents. She refers to the book Disenfranchised Grief, by Kenneth Doka, where this grief is defined as "grief connected to a loss which cannot be openly acknowledged, publicly mourned or socially supported". "Grief resolution" will come to the natural mother only as a result of breaking the silence associated with the guilt of having abandoned her child and to the adopted adult by seeking out their natural parent.

Document qualification
Degree of interest Valuable
Work area Psychology
Potential users
Other potential users Adopt-Agency
Adopt-Parents
Children