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Seeing One's Family Elders Go: The Evidence of Time and the Consistency of Reality

Elsa Ramos

In this article we will try and see the extent to which biographical events, such as the death of one’s grandparents and immediate parents, enter into the experience of aging. Death is a shock that leads the individual to revisit relationships with places, with people and also, more broadly, with the “absolute reality” that makes up his or her daily life. We will, therefore, look at the aging process from the viewpoint of those changes that touch on the family and we will enquire into the place held by the family in this process and into the placing of the individual in an extended time line, that of lineage.