In "The Chocolate War", how have Jerry and his father handled their grief? Is there any way Jerry and his father could have supported each other more?

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Jerry's mother died after a long devastating illness. 

"Jerry was overcome with rage, a fiery anger that found him standing at her coffin in silent fury. He was angry at the way the disease had ravaged her.  He was angry at his inability to do anything about saving her." 

"His father was a stranger during those terrible days, like a sleepwalker going through the motions, like a puppet being maneuvered by invisable strings.  Jerry felt hopless and abandoned.

The grief each of them felt was overwhelming.  They were together but isolated.  They could have handled it better, if they had different personalities.  If Jerry's father had shared his feelings with Jerry and if Jerry had opened up more to his father they could have shared their grief, but instead they internalized their suffering and shut everyone out.If Jerry and his dad could spend more time together doing things outside their daily routine the bond may have become stronger. Jerry, instead of turning to his emotionally absent father, takes an unusual stand at school. 

"His individual stand arises out of the circumstances of his personal life—the recent loss of his mother, the apparent tedium of his father's existence as a pharmacist."