Management Of Grief By Bharati Mukherjee Summary

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“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” The best way for one to learn to swim could be to jump right in and see where it takes them; others might take baby steps and focus on a series of steps they need to take before taking that leap of faith. Grief is the same way. Within the story “Management of Grief,” the author examines an Indo-Canadian? Society where many have experienced the loss of loved ones in a plane crash off the coast of Ireland. It explores the thoughts and reactions of numerous individuals such as, Shaila Bhave who had lost her two sons and husband, Kusum who lost her daughter and husband, and an elderly Sikh couple who had lost their sons.…show more content…
By examining a community of people who are all experiencing the same hardship, you can really begin to explore the differences in how one grieves and see the overall picture that no one deals with grief in the same way. The reader takes a journey watching Shaila dealing with the loss of her loved ones with a terrible calm that she can not escape from until months later, Kusum making drastic life changes quickly after the accident occurred, and the elderly couple who were determined to not except the fact their sons were gone. While in conversation, Shaila herself states, “We all must grieve in our own way, (137)” relating back to one of the main points the author is trying to convey. Think back to a time where your family and yourself lost someone close, whether it be a family member or close friend: Did each of you react in the same way, or did you all deal with your grief differently? No one is expected to deal with hardships with the same approach, but it is important to realize that just because you are dealing with something in a certain manner, it does not mean that someone else

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