The 7 Stages of Grieving

The 7 Stages of Grieving

by

Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman

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The Woman mentions her father only in passing, yet it is clear that she has a great deal of concern for him. Though the Woman’s father is not an old man (he’s 45), the Woman is worried about his declining health. She has started to prematurely grieve his death even though he is still alive. The Woman’s father, then, becomes an indicator of how health issues and premature mortality disproportionately affect Australia’s First Nations communities due to structural racism and inequality, as well as cycles of poverty, depression, abuse, and illness.

The Woman’s Father Quotes in The 7 Stages of Grieving

The The 7 Stages of Grieving quotes below are all either spoken by The Woman’s Father or refer to The Woman’s Father. 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 6: Story of a Father Quotes

The Woman walks over to the grave and embraces the block of ice. Springing away, she turns to the audience and clutches her breast.

THE WOMAN: Oh my sousou.

The Woman sits on the edge of the grave.

I’m trying to deal with Dad’s death. He hasn’t died yet, but the time is coming soon when he’ll be taken away.

Related Characters: The Woman (speaker), The Woman’s Father
Related Symbols: The Ice Block
Page Number: 281
Explanation and Analysis:
Scene 12: Aunty Grace Quotes

I never saw her cry the whole time she was with us.

Dad said she was stuck-up and wasn’t really family. She married this Englishman after World War II. There was a photo of her on a ship waving with this white fella, his arm around her. For some reason she didn’t stay, which in my family is strange.

Page Number: 286
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Woman’s Father Character Timeline in The 7 Stages of Grieving

The timeline below shows where the character The Woman’s Father appears in The 7 Stages of Grieving. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 6: Story of a Father
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
Feeling vs. Numbness  Theme Icon
...of the grave and talks to the audience. She is trying to deal with her father’s death. Though he isn’t dead yet, she feels he’ll soon be taken away. At only... (full context)
Scene 9: Invasion Poem
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
Aboriginal Identity, Pride, and Resilience Theme Icon
...the front door of her house offering gifts and demanding respect. They sit in her father’s seat and talk to her. Though the things they say make no sense, she nods... (full context)
Scene 12: Aunty Grace
Colonialism and Oppression Theme Icon
Memory and Family Trauma Theme Icon
Aboriginal Identity, Pride, and Resilience Theme Icon
...to know everyone in the family, even those she hasn’t met, by name. The Woman’s father tells her that Aunty Grace is not really part of the family—she moved away and... (full context)