To: Dr. Scarpetta
It's probably shock. I was 13 when my father died and didn't shed a tear at his furneral. I showed no emotion at all much to the approval of the adult guests. Of course thast repressed grief came back to bite me later but at the time no-one thought anything of it.
To: thathamiltonwoman; Dr. Scarpetta; All
Yes you are right. It could very well be shock or sedatives prescribed by the doctor but I'll bet on shock. When my son died I was in shock for several weeks and could barely function and I cried very little, then after the shock passed I preferred to grieve in private. I had thoughtless people ask me how I could be so calm. It was very hurtful because I had no idea how I appeared to others, my self image was gone, I was just trying to go thru the motions of my previous life, knowing that my previous life was gone.
This girl may very well have been an accomplice to her parents murderer but the idea I am trying to get across is that a lack of emotion at a time like this does not necessarily indicate guilt.
posted on 11/21/2005 6:25:12 AM PST
"...showed no emotion at all..."
Totally understandable. I hope you have realized that since then. And I am very sorry you lost your Dad so early in your life. My Dad died weeks before his 81st birthday and it was too soon for me. I went through all the "arrangements" necessary, the family "viewing" at the funeral parlor, the Mass, and the cemetery, and couldn't shed a tear.
Following all that I would sit alone in the evening and cry my heart out.
A thirteen-year-old might not do the same, and I can understand it. It's just OK!
posted on 11/21/2005 6:22:22 PM PST
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