Friday Favorites: February 7, 2014

General / General : Eleanor Haley

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:

Grief and Anger: Philip Seymour Hoffman via the New Yorker

Philip Seymour Hoffman death: Remembering an actor who could do everything via Slate

Obsessing Over Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Last Days Isn’t Grieving, It’s Callous and Dehumanizing via Bustle

Fandom Rallies Around 11-Year Old Boy Who Attempted Suicide After Bullying Over My Little Pony

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.

Grief in the News via Hello Grief

It looks like Hello Grief is starting a ‘Grief in the News’ feature.  We like Hello Grief so show them some love.

Grieving Father’s Plea to Facebook: Answered via

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…

Men have Nightmares about Earthquakes, While Women have Nightmares about Relationships via Slate

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.

This is Anxiety via The Atlantic

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  However they got so many great submissions they couldn’t choose and ended up publishing excerpts from 43 different stories.

8 Undeniable Perks of Being Single on Valentine’s Day via Huffington Post

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.

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  1. Eleanor  February 11, 2014 at 8:42 am Reply


    I’m so sorry for all the pain you’ve experienced. Grief can make us do crazy things and it often impacts us to the point where we treat those closest to us in ways we wish we hadn’t. I’m sorry your partner has left you, I hope you two can mend things. Without knowing the specifics of your situation I would suggest seeing a couples therapist if possible. If not I would suggest acknowledging the ways you’ve hurt her, finding any and all ways to communicate how grateful you are for her, listening to her, and going forward living in a way that shows her you respect, value, and need her. But I am not a couples counselor, I’m just someone talking from the perspective of having been in a couple.

    Good luck,

  2. natisha burton  February 10, 2014 at 10:12 am Reply

    I lost mybaby girl in 2002 i found well rhe most amazwing person a comp stranger saw my pain lonh story short she became my partner,lover,bestfriend and the parent to the kids i had left she has made me happy through this ten years ive puy her thtough thr ringer w/outrealizeing now my little girls bday is rhe 16th of thismonth and i hurt but i hurt lot that i fell now i cam see the wrongs ive put my girl through nomatter the leingth im seein it now she has left me and she says ive not taken her fellibgs internacional obliga how is this fair how do ido i fell like show her im greatful,thqnkful forall agea done??please help

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