It’s hard to be precise but, as I count them now, I reckon there were 18 adults who at different times across my childhood were responsible for my day-to-day care. I have only seen one of them, my father, since I turned 16 (I’m nearly 40 now).
Each of these 18 adults represents a loss. An ungrieved loss. Of course not all losses are equal – as I have discussed elsewhere, not all these adults looked after me very well and I was glad to see the back of them.