5 Tips for Dealing with a Natural Death of a Family Member

August 29, 2014 5:33 PM

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5 Tips for Dealing with a Natural Death of a Family Member

Little did I know that today I would be moved to write a second blog on celebrity loss. Earlier in the day I penned an article on the tragic deaths of Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, only to read hours later on my iPhone that legendary actress Lauren Bacall died. Like so many, I was stunned and in a state of numbness upon hearing of Robin Williams' death -- his passing seemed unbelievable. Lauren Bacall is a beloved icon, and yet my response to news of her death at the age of 89 was drastically dissimilar to my grief for Mr. Williams and Hoffman who were decades younger when they died.

In the news coverage following Bacall's death I was relieved to see that she was truly honored, rather than the status quo inundation of "shock and awe" following a celebrity's death. Hearing about her death brought sadness for the loss of a person who had truly lived a full life. I believe that her...

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