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 celebs.
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.
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 is touring again, after the death of her father and a difficult divorce. She was on CBS Sunday morning this past weekend, talking about her return to stage. She shares how hard it was for her to write music after her fathers death and talks about 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.
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 (though you can catch a short article about that here) the article talks about the incredible loss 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. Check out the article here.
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