Weekend Edition: July 28, 2013

General / General : Litsa Williams

“… millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” ― Susan Ertz

It’s Sunday!  Time for us to share with you some grief articles we loved the week, and hoping you will share with us anything great that we missed.

Time Travel

We love Ben’s post over on Life as a Widower.  He lost his wife this past November and shares a great post on advice he would give himself if he could go back in time.  He acknowledges that, just like when other people give us unwanted advice early in our grief, he probably wouldn’t have listened to himself!

Forget-Me-Never: The Reality of Remarriage After Widowhood

This article was on Huffington Post and the author, Carole Broody Fleet (who has written a couple great books on widowhood), does a great job addressing the widowed-myth,  “that once remarried, the life previously lived somehow fades into oblivion because the widowed has now found new life with new love in it. Because of this new life, the remarried widowed is apparently never again sad or wistful because their late beloved is no longer here.”  A great read for widows or any griever.

Rugrats Mother’s Day

A couple weeks ago we wrote a post about when kids can’t remember someone who has died.   In a comment Nick Frye mentioned this episode of the show Nickelodeon show Rugrat’s about Chuckie’s mom dying before he could remember her and his dad’s struggle with how to handle it.  I made a note to track down this episode and just finally got around to it this week.  It is a great episode and commendable that Nickelodeon and Rugrats chose to tackle this tough topic! If you really really don’t have time to watch the who thing, then check out minute 3:20-5:00 and then 19:10 until the end.

Royal baby frenzy difficult for parents coping with infant loss

Here in the States you can’t escape media overload around the royal baby, so I can’t even imagine what it has been like those across the pond.  This article talks about the difficulty dealing with so much baby-focus everywhere you turn when you are coping with the grief of an infant loss.  Though this article wasn’t quite as in depth as I had hoped, it was literally the only thing I could find addressing the pain this media coverage may be causing grieving parents, so it is worth a read! 

JJ Cale TributeJ.J._CALE

Friday night the music industry suffered the loss of a songwriting legend, JJ Cale.  Though his name may not immediately ring a bell, his songs probably will.   He wrote After Midnight, Cocaine, Call Me the Breeze, and many other familiar hits performed by a laundry list of famous bands.  We just posted recently about tributes by musicians to other musicians that have died.   Just hours after Cale’s death the tributes had already begun by everyday fans tributes are popping up all over the web. Phish covered After Midnight in his memory at their concert last night in Washington State.   And every major media outlet seems to have done something to acknowledge this man who, though uncomfortable in the limelight, created a musical library that will live on for many years to come.

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