We know this image is false. Why?

Because a child could never love (and therefore miss) their father with that amount of emotion—an adult amount. In my feature on fatherhood:
"It should be noted that, on the whole, children love their parents less than their parents love them," Hegel writes in Philosophy of Right. Hegel got many things wrong (history is not directed by a ghost), but this he got right. Children are unhappy, parents are unhappy, and then there is this final letdown: Children, even if they become adults, cannot love you as much as you love them.
Only a parent could grieve like that for the loss of a child.

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