Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

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I posted this last year, but thought I would tweak it and post it again.  

When someone we’ve admired dies, it is a normal human emotion to grieve.  When that person happens to be a celebrity, the pain can still be the same as losing a family member.  We are still saddened, we still cry as we grieve the loss of the individual.

Throughout  the years many celebrity deaths have made quite an impact on the fans who admired and respected them.  Is this normal behavior?  You bet it is according to many psychiatrists.

We are all human’s and experience normal human emotions.  This is why it would only make sense that grief would be one of the emotions felt when we hear that a celebrity we have followed and respected has passed away.  We grieve the loss of loved ones whom we know, but as strange as it may seem to some, we also grieve the loss of celebrities that we’ve never met.  When a person becomes a fan of a celebrity, they become someone who is faithful to the talent the celebrity brings to the forefront. They admire this person and often want to be like this person.  Often times it is the celebrities talents and work in their communities and/or organizations that encourages fans to fulfill their own dreams and know that they can succeed in life. 

By connecting with other fans via social media, each can share their feelings and interact with others as a way of healing.  According to Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.. with the Center for Loss & Life Transition, the more we feel connected to someone famous, the more likely we are to experience grief when they die.

For more information, please see the link to Dr. Wolfelt’s site below.

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