Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Grieving Bloggers And Fans Should Write Heath Ledger A Letter

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Heath Ledger’s death yesterday (Jan. 22) isn’t just a tragedy to his family and friends, it’s causing a lot of grief among the folks who followed his career.

The Internet is filled with sad blogs from his adoring fans and confessions from snarky bloggers who now regret the ill- spirited comments they once made about Ledger.

But regret and grief are natural according to Russell Friedman, author of The Grief Recovery Handbook (Harper Collins).

Friedman says people grieving about a death usually begin to feel a “childlike” guilt, as if what they said or did contributed to the person’s death.

In the case of a family member, Friedman recommends making a public apology to people who knew the deceased.

And while that’s difficult to do in the case of a celebrity, Friedman says there’s still a way for fans to heal the pain of Ledger’s shocking death.

Friedman suggests communicating your feelings of grief by writing a “cleansing,” personal letter to Ledger and reading it out loud to a friend.

In it, you can say something short and sweet such as, “I loved your work Heath; I’m sad about your death. I said some bad things about you once, and I’m sorry about that.”

Friedman says there’s no need to make the letter public, unless you want to post it on a memorial website where others are paying their respects.

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