Grief is healthy.
The death of a loved one is an inevitable, certain, unavoidable, and inexorable part of life. Surviving family and friends experience an emotional cascade of grief, regardless of how their loved one passed.
Bereavement has no formula, no time limit, or right or wrong. Grieving is an important part of the process of healing.
Each of us grieves in our own time and way. Neither wisdom nor understanding makes it easier, because those are rational thoughts.
Grief is not rational or linear.
In grief, the rationale is useless. Emotions are dictated by the limbic system in your brain, which is the seat of your emotions.
Many times, the world will grieve and mourn the deaths of celebrities and important figures as if they’d lost a loved one because, in fact, they have.
The intensity and time of grief differs when it’s someone immediately important to you, but those unknown in your personal lives can have the same grief patterns and stages as the loss of your loved ones.
Why is this?
We establish strong emotional ties to celebrities in the public eye.
Many of our dearly departed who aren’t family members or close friends have been in your life as if they were family members or dear friends for most of your life.
You’ve established strong ties and relationships through television, the medium of technology, movies, concerts, and events throughout your lifetime. People tend to deify, idealize, and mythologize these legends and connect deeply.
This is part of the human experience. Your bereavement is part of the collective unconscious.
We share grief and loss collectively, just as we share joy and excitement.
Likewise, when one finds solace, acceptance, and relief,