The 7 Stages of Grieving

The 7 Stages of Grieving

by

Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman

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Daniel Yocke was a real-life Aboriginal dancer who died in police custody in 1993 after being racially profiled and arrested by Brisbane police while out drinking with a group of friends. The Woman invokes the story of Daniel Yocke’s death—and the outpouring of public grief and rage that followed—in order to show how, even when tragedy strikes the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their collective pain is not taken seriously. While the grief felt in the wake of Yocke’s death unites the Woman with hundreds of members of her community as she takes part in a march through Brisbane, the fact that Yocke died alone and most likely afraid cannot be erased. Yocke’s death—and the white Australian public’s indifference to it—is a microcosm of the indifference and apathy that is shown to the First Nations people of Australia on a daily basis. By invoking the tragedy of Yocke’s death, the Woman gives voice not just to her grief but also to her anger about the continual slights and injustices that she and her people must suffer as a result of colonialist oppression and structural racism.

Daniel Yocke Quotes in The 7 Stages of Grieving

The The 7 Stages of Grieving quotes below are all either spoken by Daniel Yocke or refer to Daniel Yocke. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bloomsbury edition of The 7 Stages of Grieving published in 2015.
Scene 13: Mugshot Quotes

The ambulance got there and they had to pump needles into him, they were pounding his chest, giving mouth-to-mouth, whilst the others stood back and watched. They took him to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, pounding and pushing his limp body.

The Woman returns to the written word.

The resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful and at 7.13 p.m. he was pronounced dead.

Related Characters: The Woman (speaker), Daniel Yocke
Page Number: 289
Explanation and Analysis:
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Daniel Yocke Character Timeline in The 7 Stages of Grieving

The timeline below shows where the character Daniel Yocke appears in The 7 Stages of Grieving. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 13: Mugshot
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Feeling vs. Numbness  Theme Icon
...go out together in Southbank, a populous area of Brisbane. One of the men, Daniel Yocke, gets into an altercation with an unknown person. The group heads for another neighborhood, where... (full context)
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Feeling vs. Numbness  Theme Icon
...As the group in the park disperses and runs from the constables, the police arrest Yocke and drive him to a nearby hostel, where they engage in a struggle with a... (full context)
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Feeling vs. Numbness  Theme Icon
...arrive on the scene, patrolling the area for any other “offenders.” The police car carrying Yocke leaves the hostel and arrives at the Brisbane City Watchhouse (or police station). Upon Yocke’s... (full context)
Scene 14: March
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
Feeling vs. Numbness  Theme Icon
Aboriginal Identity, Pride, and Resilience Theme Icon
...along with the pace of a march. A call goes out in the wake of Yocke’s death for a peaceful march in Musgrave Park one morning. Thousands participate—they are not fighting,... (full context)