Name, first nameGhofran AkilYear of birth1992UniversityHEADField of Interest / research fieldInteraction / Game / Media DesignTitle of projectUnresolvedAbstractEnforced disappearances are a widespread phenomenon that has taken place in several countries around the world and is still ongoing in countries like Syria and Yemen. Their families suffer from severe psychological damage due to lack of comprehension and proper support. Psychologists have continued to miss-diagnose them with Freud’s Melancholia until Pauline Boss has coined the term Ambiguous Loss, which best describes the families’ psychological state. In our paper, we define and introduce the two types of Ambiguous Loss, while proving that the families fall into both types depending on the situation. We then move on to exploring the economical, social and legal burdens that follow the families, continuing to analyse how the absence of rituals, their spirituality and perspective on life affect their psychology. Next, we introduce Boss’s six guidelines for the families to move forward towards resilience. At this point, we connect these guidelines with previously done projects on the subject, whether by family members, international and national organisations, or even artists interested in the subject. While we believe that the former projects are interesting, we argue that they are still shy in their means of expression. This is when we introduce the work of María Alejandra Ordoñez, Retratos no Hablados, Gabriel Posada and Yorlady Ruiz, Magdalenas por el Cauca, and eventually Grupo de Teatro el Tente, Anunciando la Ausencia, claiming that they tackle the subject beautifully, while maintaining deep therapeutic concepts that consciously or unconsciously relate to Boss’s guidelines.TutorsDaniel Pinkas