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Tragic Transitions from Rescue to Recovery

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Tragic Transitions from Rescue to Recovery

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It has been more than three weeks since a Utah mine collapsed, trapping six miners deep underground. As even the slightest hopes of rescue fade, guests discuss how the agonizing decision is made to end a rescue mission and declare it a recovery — and how families handle the transition.

Therese Rando, Ph.D., clinical psychologist; clinical director, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss; author, Coping with the Sudden Loss or Death of a Loved One

Michael McNamee, district fire chief for Worcester, Mass; acting fire chief during the Worcester fire of 1999, in which six firefighters died