I had the TV on while I was doing the housework so there was some background noise. I wasn’t paying too much attention to it. It was a rerun of Family Ties where Steven’s father passes away and the Keaton family go to Steven’s mother’s house to help organize the funeral and all the bits and bobs that go with a death in the family. Steven was feeling down because he didn’t have a very good relationship with his father and was unable to do anything about it before his father passed. Instead, he was able to repair the relationship he had with his brother, Robert.
Surely, fixing a broken relationship, especially in the light of a death in the family, isn’t that easy or simple? What about the events or circumstances that lead to that relationship being fractured or broken? What about the time that passed since the first cracks appeared? What if the relationship is too damaged to ever repair fully?
And on the other side of the coin is how death seems to bring out the greed and nastiness in some people. For some, it’s all about the money or what other prized possessions that have been left in the will. It could be because that is what some people naturally are. It could be a coping mechanism for dealing with the death in the family. Who really knows?
I really don’t think that fixing a relationship in light of a death in the family is as simple or as easy as the TV shows make it out to be.