Ambiguous Loss and Embodied Grief Related to Mexican Migrant Disappearances
AffiliationCollege of Public Health, University of Arizona
Southwest Center, University of Arizona
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PublisherBellwether Publishing, Ltd.
CitationCrocker, R. M., Reineke, R. C., & Ramos Tovar, M. E. (2021). Ambiguous Loss and Embodied Grief Related to Mexican Migrant Disappearances. Medical Anthropology, 1-14.
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AbstractSince the 1990s, thousands of Latin Americans have died or disappeared along the US-Mexico border, following the funneling of migration through remote desert regions. The families of missing migrants face long-term “ambiguous loss,” a lived experience in which a loved one is physically absent but psychologically present. Mexican relatives of the missing in Arizona and Sonora report that these losses produce deep emotional suffering along a timeline–worrying about the crossing, learning of the disappearance, beginning to search, and finally, coping with the long-term impacts of unknowing. Close relatives experience embodied health effects including headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and chronic disease. © 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Note18 month embargo; first published online 5 February 2021
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
SponsorsHealth Initiative of the Americas