Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief: Volume 10

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If you’ve been on our site more than a few times, you probably know we love celebrities who talk about grief.  In a society where grief hides in the shadows, we love when someone drags it into the spotlight. It reminds us we are not alone. It reminds us that grief touches everyone, that we all have a story. As Edward Hirsch says, “Look around and you will see almost everyone carrying bags of cement on their shoulders. That’s why it takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and climb into the day”.  That includes the greatest writers, scientists, politicians and the faces on the cover of tabloids and on the top of the charts. Not all of them have the courage or the interest or the strength to speak out… but we sure do love it when they do!  If you are new to this series, check out our past Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief posts.

Mariska Hargitay

Apparently I have been living under a rock and had no idea that Mariska Haritay is Jayne Mansfield’s daughter. Considering I have a deep love for Law & Order SVU, I am not sure how I missed that interesting celebrity fact. Now, I loved Mariska already (that’s right, I like to pretend we are on a first-name basis), but I loved her even more after hearing her talk about the impact of her mother’s death on her life on Inside the Actors Studio.

Liam Neeson

Thanks to one of our fabulous readers for sharing this link with us! Many of us followed the tragic story of Natasha Richardson’s death in a skiing accident, but much time passed before her husband, Liam Neeson, opened up about his grief. He spoke with Anderson Cooper, who is no stranger to grief himself. Sadly, this video hates me and won’t embed in the post properly, but you can head over to the 60 Minutes website to check it out (He begins talking about Natasha Richardson and his grief at around minute 6:30 through the end of the video).

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