The Family Funeral Photo That Shocked Malayalis

A family funeral photo has been going viral on social media. The reason will baffle you.

A family from Mallapally in Pathanamthitta were grieving the death of their 95-year-old grandmother Mariyamma. But they weren’t crying, rather, they were joyous of the long, happy life she lived.

A picture of the happy family gathered around the coffin, where their grandmother’s body was kept, took Malayalis by surprise. In the family photo, you can see all the family members smiling. People criticised them for smiling when the occasion called for grief and sadness. Many questioned their intentions.

Also Read: Malayalis And Their Muddled Relationship With English

However, the family has come forward to explain the reason behind their smiles. They told the media that Mariyamma, a mother of nine children, lived a happy life for the past 95 years. All her children looked after her with utmost care and love. She was bedridden for close to a year before she breathed her final breath.

The family members wanted to remember the happy times they shared with Mariyamma. The photo was, therefore, taken intentionally to commemorate the wonderful life she lived. It was taken after the family sat together to pray for her. The family clarified that those people who are used to shedding tears at a funeral would find this picture absurd. But the photo was meant to be a family keepsake, and not shared with the public.

Also Read: Minor Girl In Kerala Gang Raped By Father’s Friends, Mother Tries To Cover It Up

Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty took to Facebook to share his positive opinion about the viral family funeral photo. He stated, ” ജീവിതത്തിലെ പരമമായ സത്യം മരണം തന്നെയാണ്. മരിച്ച ഒരു വ്യക്തിയെ കരഞ്ഞു കൊണ്ട് യാത്ര അയക്കുന്നതാണ് നാം സാധാരണ കാണാറുള്ളത്.

മരണം ഒരു വേർപാട് ആണ്, സങ്കടകരവും. എന്നാൽ അതൊരു വിടവാങ്ങലും യാത്രയയപ്പും കൂടിയാണ്. സന്തോഷത്തോടെ ജീവിച്ചവർക്ക് പുഞ്ചിരിയോടെ ഒരു യാത്രയയപ്പ് നൽകുന്നതിനേക്കാൾ സന്തോഷകരമായി മറ്റെന്താണ് ഉള്ളത്? ഈ ഫോട്ടോക്ക് നെഗറ്റീവ് കമന്റുകൾ അല്ല വേണ്ടത്.”

Aishwarya Gopinath
A foodie at heart, an aspiring novelist, and an enthusiastic writer by nature, I love to dig deep into culture and lifestyle of the place and people around me. I hope to make people cry, laugh, smile, angry, and satisfied with my writing.

Tell us what you're thinking

Subscribe to our newsletter

We'll send you a monthly newsletter with our top articles of the month

Latest Posts