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March 21st, 2014
05:31 PM ET

Families of missing torn between grief and hope

(CNN) – The disappearance of Flight 370 has captivated the world, but we can never lose sight of the fact that the 239 people on board that plane are not some characters in a mystery.

They are mothers, sons, husbands and grandparents.

Some were taking just another routine flight, and some boarded the plane in Kuala Lumpur looking forward to the trip of a lifetime.

Read: Lives, not numbers: Snapshots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers

The family members of these passengers and crew members have been left in emotional limbo. While it may seem increasingly unlikely that they will ever see their loved ones again, who could blame them for hanging on to hope?

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere explains the hope and grieving process these families face in the video above.

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