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 persons death.
In the case of a family member, Friedman recommends making a public apology to people who knew the deceased.
And while thats difficult to do in the case of a celebrity, Friedman says theres still a way for fans to heal the pain of Ledgers 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; Im sad about your death. I said some bad things about you once, and Im sorry about that.
Friedman says theres no need to make the letter public, unless you want to post it on a memorial website where others are paying their respects.
For more on grief recovery, visit grief.net.
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