“The Management of Grief” is based on a devastating airplane crash of Air India Flight in 1985. The story demonstrates how different people handle the grave loss of family members. The story hopes to show how to and how not to deal with the loss; in addition, it explains how to start over.
The narration is third person with the narrator telling the story from the perspective of Shaila Bhave, who lost her husband and two sons in the crash. Although grief-stricken, Shaila manages to stay calm amidst the commotion; hence, she is able to make more reliable observations of the best way to get beyond the desolation from such an unimaginable event.
Shaila initialy is numb like so many who are left behind. She learns quicklly that her survival depends on how she handles her grief. Her first question demands understanding the “why”:
- Why does God give us so much if all along He intends to take it away?
Of course, there is no answer to that question.
(The entire section contains 602 words.)