Grieving for the Famous…

Posted on September 8, 2014 by J. Chad Pendley under Grief Help
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Lately we have seen so many of the ones that we admire, follow and look up too pass away and we are left with questions and grief surrounding their death.  With the passing of Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Truett Cathy and many others that we follow there can be a sense of loss by hearing about their death and no real way to express those feelings.  So what does this all mean and how can we still celebrate those that we have may only have admired from a distance?

Why do we grieve for those who we have never been face to face with?  Even though we have maybe never met those individuals, we still feel a sense of connection because of their work and accomplishments.  For those in the acting community many have tried direct their career in the same direction that a famous actor may have taken or for those who have created a community based on their beliefs and products we feel especially close because our own beliefs and products might mirror theirs.  So when someone of this magnitude passes we do feel a sense of loss becau201891se that person has served a role or been a part of our own lives by how we make decisions and how we direct our own paths in life.  These people can serve as a mentor because of their lives being so public that we can actually follow them just like they were personally in our lives.

Grieving for the famous is common and because of the role that they may have played in our lives we should celebrate them and celebrate their accomplishments.  So, does this mean drive out to hollywood and try to attend the funerals?  Well… not exactly because for most of us, this would be near impossible to do.  So maybe inviting friends over for a movie night to celebrate that actor or taking your family out to eat a chicken sandwich would help celebrate that life and help you with your own grief.  If these people were good enough to mirror some of our own actions and decisions around them, they deserve to be celebrated.

Take some time and consider those around you who might have the same feelings and honor those who have put their life in the spotlight to bring us joy!


Chad is a licensed professional and is a native of Cobb County, growing up in Powder Springs and currently living in Marietta Ga. After graduating from McEachern High School Chad attended Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service and graduated as a Master Artist of the Pi Sigma Eta Honorary Mortician Fraternity. He was the recipient of the Bill Pierce award and Daniel E. Buchanan award, recognizing him as a leader in the funeral profession. A member of the Marietta Metro Rotary and different organizations in his profession, Chad also participates in monthly activities promoting the funeral home and networking with other professionals in the area. He is a member and attends Westridge Church in Dallas Ga. He is married to Kristin and as a proud father, Chad enjoys the time he gets to spend with his family. Chad is an avid hunter and a true outdoors man. He has a gift of developing a warm, helpful, and strong relationship with the families he serves and is a valuable source of knowledge at Mayes Ward-Dobbins.

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