Life is something that requires a significant amount of physical and mental effort. Some are deeply fortunate to have everything arranged for them and not have a single worry. For others, life is full of stress and hardships. It all just depends on how one was raised and brought into this world. Out of the Rick Bragg articles, the characters went through grief and heartache, government involvement, and the absence of life’s given moments.
Lion, directed by Garth Davis, is a compelling interpretation of a remarkable true story of Saroo Brierley, lost as a child and reunited with his family 25 years later. Throughout Davis explores the unique circumstances under which Saroo is separated and reconnected with his family and his journey along the way. At some points of the film, I was confronted by how Saroo, a five-year-old boy, expertely navigates, with great instinct and genuine innocence, through an extended, yet life threatening ride. To put it in other words, Lion is a journey that grabs you entirely; whether you want it or not, and you are involved in each and every scene.
January 11, 2013, I wake up to yelling, prayers, and crying. I walked into the kitchen where all the noises were coming from and I found my mother on the floor crying, talking on the phone with my godmother. My father was there by her side, trying hard not to cry while supporting his wife. I didn’t know what was happening, this was the first time I’ve seen my mom so vulnerable and broken. My parents didn’t tell me anything other than my grandmother was in critical condition at the hospital, but with god's help she would overcome this hard time. My mom hung up the phone and went to “La Grande” a Mexican store to buy a card to call my uncle in Cuba, to see how my grandmother was doing. My godmother has two daughters who work at the hospital
Grief is a complicated literature to describe as it is a powerful and personal human response, typically after losing a loved one. Grief is universal, every individual copes with grief in their own ways. The problem of this literature is that it has not been studied in depth and this complicated topic can become difficult to analyze due to misinterpretation of feelings and emotions, which is clearly foreseeable in the articles reported. Grief is a natural human reaction, however the outcome grief has on an individual is powerful and often dangerous to one’s own life. PubMed Health describes grief reactions into three terms; anticipatory grief, common grief, and complicated/prolonged grief. The outcomes of grief, in particular complicated grief,
During the early weeks of august, 2014, my mother put the minivan into park and unbuckled her seatbelt. Me and my mom walked across the dark parking lot of Costco Wholesale. We strolled (taking our time) towards the tall, plain building, standing tall in front of the blinding sun, casting a dark shadow over us. The solid outer walls emitted a boring tone to me, making me not very interested to go inside. We strode through the open, garage door like doors that led to the room holding the grey carts in long rows. I gripped the red handle of a shopping cart, observing the large width of it. As we entered, I noticed another door next to the entrance where people were exiting in the opposite direction with full carts. My mom then showed her membership card to the greeter at the entrance.
Beep, beep, beep. What is that annoying sound? Beep, beep, beep. Is it the sound of my alarm? Beep, beep, beep. I go to hit it, but pain shoots through me at lightning speed. “Oh honey you 're awake try not to move, your wounds still haven 't fully healed”
April 30, 2012, I sat in the desk of my high school classroom when the principal suddenly called over the intercom to come to his office. Nervous, I sat down before the intimidating chief as he settled in his chair and cleared his throat. He then informs me how my best friend, Katie, was not present at school that day due to her sister passing away the night prior. The room grew silent as hot tears welled in my eyes. Not only did I feel sorrow for Katie, but I had
“Grief is an element. It has its own cycle like the carbon cycle, the nitrogen. It never diminishes not ever. It passes in and out of everything” (Heller 115). Throughout tragedy primal values come to the surface of even the most civilized people. These types of intense feelings come from one of two places: fear or desperation. Throughout The Dog Stars by Peter Heller, Hig takes on roles on the dealing and receiving ends of new primal directives as protector and intruder while on his journey to and from Grand Junction. Cima and her father responded to Hig’s intrusion with the same unfinished emotion that Hig and Bangley possess when people intrude on their respective hangar and home. Both groups encompass fear and desperation through their
They say that grief comes in five distinct stages; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. In contrast, it’s often said that everyone handles grief differently. How can these two concepts of loss not only coexist, but be widely accepted? Maybe it’s time we shift our focus to the latter. In the wake of loss, the last thing anybody should be feeling is judged by the ways they handle said loss. Yes, the stages of grief do present a general outline of how it’s handled, but it also marginalizes how a person is expected to react, when in reality, nobody can predict their response when they suddenly find the hands of grief gripped tightly around their throats. In the short story “From Ashes”, author Zachary Foster concludes his life-writing
“Grief is life the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn how to swim.” - Vicki Harrison. When it comes to losing a family member or friend, people tend to cope with it in many different ways. In As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is about the Bundren family as they go on a trip to bury their mother in the wake of her death. As they are on their journey they face several challenges and as well as their own emotions as they cope with their mother’s death. The Bundren family each come to terms with their mother’s death in very different ways as seen in Cash, Darl, and Anse.
Several years ago, I found myself riding in the passenger seat of my family’s car, riding west towards Canton, Mississippi. At around four o-clock that morning, my mom had received a phone call from the hospital regarding her father, who had been admitted that morning after accidentally overdosing on his numerous medications. A few minutes later, we were on the road to Mississippi. When we finally arrived in Mississippi, there were several cars in my grandad’s parking lot. My mom got out, and told me to stay in the car. After what seemed like an eternity, my mom finally walks out of the car and gets back in the car. That which sets my heart on fire, although not in a positive, passionate way, is the way my mom broke into tears that day.
“Well, the good news is you won 't need stitches this time. Bad news, you might have a concussion. Best medical advice I can give you is for you to go to the hospital wing.” she said, checking his pupils.
As human beings, we suffer losses of many kinds and sizes in our life time. While some of these losses are small and do not hurt much, some are big and hurt deeply. Those that are accompanied by pains that are difficult to bear include the loss of a loved one through death or divorce, cheating or unfaithfulness in a trusted relationship or loss of good health when a diagnosis of a terminal illness is made. In all these instances of loss, pain and grief are experienced and an emotional wound is created which needs healing.
Losing someone you love dearly is one of the hardest things anyone can go through. Sometimes it hurts so bad that you may yourself, “What’s the point of being here anymore?” I ask myself that question all the time, ever since my Grandmother passed away.
At some point in life we all have been devastated with a sudden death of someone we loved and cared for. I can connect this to John Green’s fiction novel, The Fault In Our Stars, when the main character Augustus Waters dies. Hazel tells the audience, “Augustus Water died eight days after his prefuneral, at Memorial, in the ICU, when the cancer, which was made of hi, finally stopped his heart, which was also made of him” (Green 261). Hazel was so upset when the love of her life died. She never expected it to come so soon. I was so surprised that Augustus died before Hazel, it came out of nowhere. I just thought all along that Hazel would die first because she seemed more ill and had many more medical issues throughout the novel. When I read