That Was Then This Is Now
Ideas of grief: Author, Me, and Together
Author’s Idea: People grieve in different ways.
My Idea: You are taught grief, some grieve behind doors and others grieve out in the open.
Together: People may not grief Mark was never really taught how so he may have thought death was nothing, Bryon clearly grieved to a small degree on the outside. When Mark’s parents were killed he was never shown how to feel about it, even before hand his parents were alcoholics and Mark spent a lot of time away either at school or with friends (Bryon). Bryon had his mother around to show him how to feel whether about what happened to his dad (unknown) or if someone in the family died. Bryon and Mark grieved differently. Some people don’t need to grieve at all.
When Bryon was grieving he might not use the word grieve he might use words that would hide his feelings a bit.
Some People Don't Grief
Because no one was grieving his parents, Mark had no one to mirror the feelings. And because he never grieved his parents and never learned to grieve at a young age he probably never will.
Alcohol and Drugs
The Five Stages of Grief
Bryon continues to repeat the night of Charlie's death in his head thinking, what could he have done different. He kept thinking that him and Mark should have listened to Charlie. Bryon dwells on Charlie's death and it only makes him feel worse.