Author Archives: Monica Jeanne Poleway

The Attack on Paris

By now most people have seen the news that Friday night there was a terror attack in Paris. I can only imagine what the people of France and specifically are feeling this morning. This morning when I signed onto my social media accounts I notices a few things that people were posting about the attacks, “stand with paris,” “Paris is in our prays”, ¬†and interestingly enough I saw post that related to how Paris, France reacted to 9/11 and how we should show the same support they showed us. I then when onto the New York Time website and in enlarged letters stays, “Hollande-Blames ISIS for ‘Act of War’ on Paris”.

The article talks about how the president of France is taking on the situation. France has gone into a three day grieving period. According to the New York Times article, they are almost certain that ISIS an Islamic extremist group is behind the attacks. Hollande states that they are prepared to begin fighting if necessary within the guidelines of the law. I am sure as the next few days pass there will be more evidence and information revealed about the attacks but for now it is a time of reflection and mourning for the people involved.

Currently it is believed that 127 people are dead and more than 200 people have been hospitalized. In class we have discussed the idea that we have ritualized death as a way of grieving and it allows us to find a way to move on. Do we have a ritual for death when it comes to terror attacks. In the post 9/11 world the term terror attacks has been used mainly to describe an attack made by extremist groups on certain countries. The United States especially New Yorkers, I being one of them remember quiet well that day when all things changed in New York. How do people grieve the deaths of innocent individuals killed in such attacks? Does the pain ever go away?

I personally have never first hand experience a death due to a terror attack or suspected terror attack so I couldn’t answer those questions. But as the world becomes a more dangerous place I think it is important for ritual to be implemented to allow family and friends to grieve these losses in a way that is health and respectful. I could only imagine how difficult it may be to grieve a person whose body may not even be recoverable. Similar to that of a solider who dies in combat and the only thing that can be found of theirs is the dog tags.

Paris is in our hearts and prayers during their time of need. This is just one example of what people have been posting throughout social media since the attack occurred.


Bobbi Kristina

For about half a year now, the media has continued to cover Bobbi Kristina Browns case on life and death. Even months after her official death the media is continuing to cover the court cases that began in early June. This case reminds me of the Terri Schiavo case that we have discussed in class. The huge burden families face when their loved ones are in a coma, with no indications of waking up. Both cases show how a family can truly be teared apart when a young life is near death. Bobbi Krisitina because of her fame prior to her death brought much public attention to these challenges. Recently, a new piece of evidence was brought to the court case against her boyfriend Mr. Gordon. The evidence suggested that Mr. Gordon injected Bobbi Kristina with a a toxic mixture and then placed her body in the bath tube. This evidence if proven true can land Mr. Gordon in jail for murder.

It is interesting to see the change in this case since the beginning and how members of the family always believed that Mr. Gordon had a part in Bobbi Kristian’s death. In the Terri Schiavo case the family and her husband seemed to work together in a private matter when Terri first entered the vegetative state. Although, Michael was granted medical guardianship, her parents did not seem to have a problem with this until he wanted to remove her feeding tube. That was when the case truly became something that the media was interested in, especially when the Pope and Jeb Bush began to voice their opinions.

Both cases began to make me wonder the implications of having such a publicized death. In high school one of my classmates died during winter break our senior year in a car accident. In my town this was a highly publizied death and I always wondered if the girls family enjoyed the media, attention and out pour of grief and mouring that the community created or if they would have preferred a more private experience where they could grieve on their own in private. Something that made me upset about the situation was the school had buses for students who wanted to go to the funeral and people who didn’t even know her went to the funeral just to get out of class.

Bobbi Kristina and Terri Schiavo were both young women who had tragic death which were placed in the eye of the public for a long period of time. Being so publicized must have been very hard for both families and it makes me question when does the media become to much for people to handle. Will they ever respect peoples wishes to grieve in private without writing hateful articles about the different sides of the cases.