Hello inter-friends. I hope you had a good week…it’s pretty much over, so there’s that! I have a few things to share with you this week; both articles about grief and vaguely related yet interesting content. We try to keep it loose because, let’s be honest, there are only so many grief articles one can consume in a single sitting.
The Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman:
My griefy Google alerts were overflowing with posts and articles about Philip Seymour Hoffman. No overdose death is NOT a tragedy, this one just happens to be very high profile. Most of us have had the pleasure of watching Mr. Hoffman at work; he was a wonderful actor and, as is the case with many celebrity overdose deaths, he was taken at the peak of his career. It’s sad to think how much good work he had left in him. Anyway, there are many people memorializing, eulogizing, and discussing his death – here are a few:
This story is, on a whole, heartbreaking. An 11 year old boy still lays unconscious after attempting to hang himself. His suicide attempt apparently occurred after being bullied for being a My Little Pony Fan. There is a heartwarming twist though, fellow fans from all over the world, many of them complete strangers, have banned together to raise almost $60,000 to help pay for medical expenses. Sometimes people are good.
It looks like Hello Grief is starting a ‘Grief in the News’ feature. We like Hello Grief so show them some love.
Many of you have probably already heard this story. Grieving father, John Berlin, wanted access to his deceased son Jesse’s ‘Look Back’ Facebook video. He couldn’t access his son’s account so he created a video asking Facebook to help. Facebook responded by agreeing to give him access to the video and apparently they also stated they want to look at how to better help families who have lost loved ones.
Now here’s some randomness that I thought was interesting/uplifting/funny…
Most of my nightmares involve falling elevators, crashing planes, being in a revival of a high school musical when I’ve forgotten all the lines, and realizing at the end of a school semester that I’ve completely forgotten to attend any classes.
The Atlantic asked their readers to submit stories about their experiences living with anxiety and they said a few would be chosen for publication on TheAtlantic.com. However they got so many great submissions they couldn’t choose and ended up publishing excerpts from 43 different stories.
I’m so sorry to anyone spending Valentine’s Day alone because of the death of a spouse or partner. I thought this list was a kind of funny attempt at finding a silver lining to Valentine’s Day singletude. (I made that word up)
The Olympic Commercials are Sentimental
Although the opening ceremonies are tonight, the Olympics actually started yesterday (I know, confusing). Anyway, I noticed the commercials are getting almost as much airtime as the athletes. Normally I like to think I’m impervious to advertisements but I have to admit the sentimentality of these have been getting to me. Here’s a good one…
P & G: Thanks Mom: Pick Them Back Up
Celebrities read mean Tweets about themselves via Jimmy Kimmel
This made my day.
Alright that about wraps it up. Have a good weekend, but first subscribe to receive posts straight to your e-mail in-box.