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Grieving Over Celebrity Death

The feeling of intense emotions after a celebrity's death is normal. It is better to deal with all the emotions rather than pushing them away.

Have you ever found it hard to accept a celebrity’s death? Have you ever felt that you just lost someone close to you even if you had never met that person? Do you also ask yourself why you are feeling overwhelmed by this and why the incident is affecting you so much? Some people also started questioning themselves that “Am I acting weird?”

The feeling of intense emotions after a celebrity's death is normal. It doesn’t feel abstract rather it feels personal. There are reasons why we are affected by the news of celebrity death - 

  • Celebrities become a part of our lives as we watch their shows, movies, listen to their songs, memorise their dialogues, enjoy gossip about them etc.
  • Sometimes we feel connected to them when we find out something common in them and us, or we might get connected by some of their characters played in some movies.
  • We sometimes make celebrities our idols and admire them.
  • We connect with the ways/conditions they died in.
  • It represents losing our past.

Signs of grieving

  • Difficulty in believing that the person is no more
  • Trouble in sleeping
  • The feeling of irritability and anger
  • Difficulty in eating, that might result in losing or gaining weight over time.
  • Physical symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath, restlessness, fatigue, stomach pain.

Tips to overcome grieving over a celebrity death –

It is normal that you feel sad about the demise of a celebrity with whom you feel connected. It is very important to process these emotions. It is better to deal with all the emotions rather than pushing them away. Here are a few tips that can help you with that process and make you feel less discouraged.

 

  • Stop watching the news details of the person’s death

Watching endless recaps of the news details of the person’s demise and all the things related to that will make you feel more stressed. This might make the process of grieving harder for you. So, try to focus on something that will make you feel better rather than watching the news.

 

  • Remember the fact that the person’s impact on your life is still with you

You can revisit all the memories of that person by watching his/her movies, listening to songs, reading about life. You can also collect the artist’s work like shows or movies or anything that you like and create your own memorabilia. This will help you to keep your connection with that artist intact.

 

  • Allow yourself to mourn

Every loss is different and as a result the impact and the way of dealing with the loss also differ. Everyone takes his/her own time to grieve. Everyone has a way to tackle the situation. This is absolutely normal. Try to find out what works for you.

 

  • Stick to your regular routine

People who grieve, often skip their meals, find it difficult to do their daily chores and often have uneven sleeping patterns. All that is a part of the grieving process but maintaining a scheduled routine will help you to be back to your structured life and heal your heart.

 

  • Connect with other fans of the celebrity

In the time when we feel sad, it is important for us to share our feelings. It will be good if you can connect with the fans of the celebrity and talk about your feelings and hearing from them as well. It will give you a feeling that you are not alone.

 

  • Remember that mourning to a celebrity demise may trigger your mourning for someone close

Loss is one of the stressors and this feeling can trigger the mourning of your loved ones. It is a possibility that as you mourn over your favorite celebrity’s demise, you also connect it with the mourning of someone close to your heart.

 

  • Seek help when you feel too much

If you are mourning and in the process showing any signs of depression, then try to take professional help. If you feel overwhelmed emotionally and this is interfering with your daily life then this is the time for it. The sadness and despair experienced by the unexpected demise of the celebrity can turn into depression if not dealt properly. If you feel you need someone’s help then consult a Psychologist or Psychiatrist.

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A parent-child relationship is one of the most sacred and fundamental relationships recognized today. No matter what the relationship may look like, a parent and child may hold deep love and affection towards each other. When we love someone immensely, even the thought of losing them can be eternally terrifying.

The loss of a parent doesn’t only leave people feeling lost and alone, it also creates a physical vacuum in your proximal space (if you lived with them). The relationship we share with parents remains incomparable and is one of the most sacred unions. Parents not only give us birth but also help us grow and develop as individuals and protect us from all that’s negative. Nature and nurture both involve parents primarily and then further other people.

Experiencing Grief in 5 Stages

Loss of a parent can be one of the harshest experiences to cope with at any given age. Grief becomes an ongoing part of our lives and travelling through this journey of healing may take several turns as we go forward in it. Grief itself can be understood in five stages. It may start with denial which causes the survivor of loss to feel shock, numb and find everything around to be meaningless. Further, one may move to the state of anger which disguises other emotions. When the loss feels unfair, we turn to anger and question the sanctity of the universe, God, medicine, or anything that seems to play an important role in keeping humans safe and alive. Bargaining is the next stage where a person may find him/herself in the “what if… then I will”, or “if only…” situations where they try to hope that if they do something for someone, their loved one might return and life will continue normally. Next, we may move to depression which feels like this pain and despair may never end. This should not be confused with a mental illness as it’s a response to grief and loss. It involves people withdrawing from surroundings, and refraining from taking care of themselves. It feels like the worst feeling a human can feel. The final stage is acceptance which does not mean that we are okay with the loss or are completely fine now. It only means that at this point, we are ready to cope with the loss and live our lives as normally as we can. It can still involve feelings of sadness and pain but it also makes you look at the present situation realistically.

Coping is a Process… Not a Destination

There is no one particular list of things to do to cope with the loss of a parent. This loss can be so intense that sometimes no intervention may seem effective and that’s okay. Grief is a process and needs time to heal. Following are some things we can do to take care of ourselves when experiencing grief and battling the void left by a diseased parent.

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  1. Seek support from others and build a support system which will help you keep away from isolation and spiralling in the grief by yourself. Spending time with one or two trusted friends or family members can assist you in the process of healing and sharing your pain with them.

  2. Prioritize basic needs of your body and mind like eating, sleeping, keeping a consistent routine since grief can be so consuming that we may often neglect our health which may lead to further concerns.

  3. On special days related to parents, like birthdays, mother’s/father’s day, anniversary, try to do something in their memory and don’t hold back feelings of sadness and emptiness. Their absence can be painful and that’s okay. Feel what you need to.

  4. Try to make a list of things you enjoy doing as during this time, you can go back these activities and do one a day.

  5. Seeking professional help from a counsellor/therapist can be very useful. They are trained to assist you in this process and help you find strategies and tools to work through your grief.

  6. Celebrate one thing your parent/s enjoyed doing like food, visiting a place, doing a particular activity and likewise, each day or as often as you can. This will help you stay connected to them and their memories.

  7. Practice self-compassion and kindness and allow yourself to express your true feelings for as long as you need.

  8. Write a letter to your parent/s expressing how you feel about them, in their absence and what you intend to do moving forward.

  9. Take frequent walks in nature and stay connected to sunlight and water.

Grief is not just about sadness. it’s a combination of multiple feelings and thoughts. As difficult as might be, trying to take care of you by doing different and nurturing acts towards yourself can be refreshing and relieving. Remember, you are never alone in travelling this journey of pain and discomfort. Let time do it’s needful while you turn your attention and kindness inwards.

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