Reunion: The Shattered Mirror

Over all the many years of being involved in adoption issues, since searching for my son in 1984, and with the thousands of stories I’ve been privileged to hear, I’ve made an observation about reunions. They mirror the time of relinquishment. The very issues that created the surrender of our child will painfully resurface at the time of reunion. But because the painful memories have been repressed for so long, we can misplace the reason for the sudden feelings and blame the reunion for them The unnatural separation of mother and infant, even when the mother believed she was doing the right thing, is now universally recognized as deeply traumatic. Much has been documented about the Post Traum

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