When would you like me to cry?

During a staff meeting today, we were informed that one of the residents would miss work because his grandmother died. He wanted to spend time with his family and plan the funeral.

One of the senior doctors raised his hand, paused for a moment and then said:

“I am from South Kivu and things are different there. Here in the North, are we supposed to cry for a grandmother dying? I would never think that you would cry for an older person. Yeah, your mother may cry for your grandmother. But why would a grandchild cry for a grandparent. They are old and supposed to die.”

I could tell he was not trying to be insensitive but just wanted to understand.

Most people just laughed and he shrugged his shoulders.


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