The Management Of Grief, And The Namesake Essay

970 Words Nov 1st, 2016 4 Pages
There are many different ways to grieve after the death of loved ones. The way someone grieves is different depending on national origin, but also differs from person to person. These differences are shown in Bharati Mukherjee’s “The Management of Grief,” and The Namesake. The plane crash of Air India Flight 82 killed many Indian Canadians leaving their loved ones to grieve. Of those left behind Shalia Bhave exemplifies people having different ways of grieving. She has her own way of mourning that is different from Canadians, but does not strictly follow traditional Hindu practices either. Shalia acts cool and unaffected when she mourns differing from most members of her community, who show their sad emotions to the public. Shalia’s grieving method causes tension between her and the community. This tension is portrayed in Shalia’s conversation with Judith Templeton, a Canadian social worker dealing with relatives of the deceased. “By the standards of the people you call hysterical, I am behaving very oddly and very badly, Miss Templeton” (Mukherjee 919). Shalia’s see’s her calm demeanor as useless during this time of mourning while Judith thinks the opposite. Shalia also does not give up hope that her sons are still alive. Dr. Ranganathan a widower from Montreal had a positive outlook on the situation and gave Shalia hope. “With some good luck,” Dr.Ranganathan suggests to me, “a good swimmer could make it safely to some island”(Mukherjee 920). Dr. Ranganathan encourages…

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