Is there something admirable about holding on so tightly to Susie's memory and not denying his profound sadness?
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I believe that there is nothing worse any parent could go through than burying a child, and in this case, Jack has no child to bury. It's impossible for him to go through the complete grieving process because Susie has never been found. He's had no closure and has nothing but memories to keep him going. Is it admirable? I don't think I'd call it that...... it's simply natural.
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