Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief: Volume 9

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You may have thought we just abandoned our "Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief" series because it has been so long, but the sad reality is I just that I kinda forgot about it.  Whoops. Cut us some slack, it has been a little busy around here!

But today we are getting back on track. So sit back, relax, and remember that grief touches everyone, even celebrities.

Ann McGregor, Cory Monteith's Mom

A year after the death of Cory Monteith, his mom made the decision to speak out for the first time about her grief on Good Morning America. Don't miss this short clip, where she talks about everything from her feelings about Hollywood, her son's battle with substance abuse, and her inability to even look at a photo of her son until just recently.

Anjelica Huston

Though I have yet to read it, this past winter Anjelica Huston released a memoir, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York. In this book, Huston reflects on the loss of her parents, saying of the death of her mother when she was a teenager: "I've never gotten over my mother's death, and I don't expect to. It was like something emptied out of me that I've never been able to regain. It's a disappearance, an unanswered question." No stranger to loss, Huston also lost her husband in 2008. She will be releasing a second volume on her later life this year. Adding this to my summer (eh . . . August?) reading list, so I can be caught up when volume two comes out.  

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan is touring again, after the death of her father and a difficult divorce. She was on CBS recently, talking about her return to stage. She shared how hard it was for her to write music after her father's death and about how her new album that is dedicated to her father. She also talks about inspiration for other songs, including the inspiration for "Angel" after the death of another musician to an overdose.

Keanu Reeves

While spiraling down an internet black hole recently, I stumbled on this article about Keanu Reeves.  Though this isn't Keanu Reeves talking about his own grief (which you can catch a short article about here), the article talks about the incredible losses Keanu Reeves has suffered over his lifetime, from the death of his best friend to overdose, his child to stillbirth, and his girlfriend in a car accident. This is on top of a father who abandoned his family and a sister fighting leukemia. Though Keanu Reeves may not be my favorite actor, this article gave me an appreciation for the depth of the losses he has experienced. And paints him as a pretty good guy to boot.

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We wrote a book!

After writing online articles for What’s Your Grief
for over a decade, we finally wrote a tangible,
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After writing online articles for What’s Your Grief for over a decade, we finally wrote a tangible, real-life book!

What’s Your Grief? Lists to Help you Through Any Loss is for people experiencing any type of loss. This book discusses some of the most common grief experiences and breaks down psychological concepts to help you understand your thoughts and emotions. It also shares useful coping tools, and helps the reader reflect on their unique relationship with grief and loss.

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6 Comments on "Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief: Volume 9"

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  1. Proofreader Application  August 22, 2017 at 1:58 am Reply

    I like these celebritieas and I am very interested in the facts of their lives. I am very happy to read this information provided by you. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Aimee  October 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm Reply

    This are wonderful, so very moving. Thanks for posting this and the other celebrity installment. Makes you realize how we are all the same, no matter the fame, the money, or perceived success. Grief is universal.

  3. Anna Whiston-Donaldson  August 3, 2014 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Wow. Thank you for these. That was really brave of Corey’s mom to do. Her message of just loving them while we can was powerful. I lost my son when he was 12, and dealt with the grief through writing. Now I have a memoir of early grief that I hope will help many other people, those experiencing grief and those who walk beside them. Of course, as anyone who has lost understands, even if the book helps many, many others, I just wish I could have my sweet son back. Keep sharing and talking about grief!

  4. jeanne reynolds  July 31, 2014 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Very moving

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