When I started the Celebrities Speaking Up About Grief series here at WYG I imagined I would do an installment every month. Ahh . . . the best laid plans. This series instead pops up whenever I feel inspired by something I heard or saw or, like this week, when I am so frustrated with another article I am working on that I can’t possibly publish it. When my own words are failing, it never hurts to share the words of someone else’s, right?
If you are new to this site and didn’t know this series even existed (don’t feel bad, we haven’t had one since February) make sure to check out our first 11 installments. Everyone from Mariska Hargitay, Anjelica Huston, Billy Bob Thornton, Liam Neeson, Lea Michele, Beyonce and Sarah Silverman to Joe Biden, Joyce Carol Oates, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper and many more have been included in past posts. Today we have a couple newer clips, a couple older clips, and as always we know there are many clips out there we have yet to feature. If you know of another celebrity who discusses their grief, please leave a comment to let us know!
Okay, enough already, let’s get on with it.
What Whoopi Goldberg Realized After Her Mother’s Death
No one gets people opening up about grief more than Oprah. No exception here, with Whoopi Goldberg talking about losing her mother.
Tig Notaro on The Death of Her Mother and Building a Relationship with Her Step-Father
Comedian Tig Notaro never fails to tackle the toughest of topics and do so with grace and while cracking us up. One of the many reasons we love her!
Navigating Life After Harris’ Death
A great article that made the rounds on the web after it was first published a few months back, Stephanie Wittels Wachs reflects on the devastating death of her brother, Harris Wittle (of Parks and Recreation). Check it out here if you missed it!
Oscar De La Hoya on His Inability to Cope With His Mother’s Death
Oscar De La Hoya lost his mom to cancer in 1990, when he was still a teenager. Here he discusses the deep impact his grief had on his life.
Demi Lovato on Her Dad’s Death and Mental Illness
Back in 2013 Demi Lovato opened up just a week after losing her dad, honestly discussing his struggles with mental illness and the scholarship for mental health treatment she created in his memory.
Michael Jordan on the Grief of Losing His Father
Many know the tragic story of Michael Jordan’s father’s murder. This video explores the emotions around his father’s death, his departure from basketball based on his father’s advice, and his ultimate return to the game. Not all about grief, but an interesting commentary from start to finish!
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