People around the world are mourning the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. As often happens when a famous person dies, many people experience overwhelming grief and sorrow, for someone they’ve never met.
Dr. Chelsi Day, a sport psychologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains why. Aside from looking up to celebrities and trying to emulate them, Dr. Day says that “we often find ways that we relate to them.
We see things about them in ourselves and when those celebrities die, we are not only faced with our own mortality, we lose that ability to relate.”
Sometimes, people have experienced loss themselves, and all of the media coverage can trigger those feelings of anxiety or grief.
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“Someone who has personally had to grieve (the loss of) a spouse or child might find themselves more impacted by the death of a celebrity who was married with kids,” Dr. Day adds.
Dr. Day has a few suggestions for people dealing with this sort of grief to move forward. First, she says to “utilize your support network and talk through what you’re feeling.”
She also recommends reducing the amount of time you spend on social media since many people might be sharing the same sort of thoughts or feelings, which can be overwhelming.
Dr. Day says taking part in “hobbies, activities or other interpersonal interactions” can also help you deal with your grief. She also mentions engaging in “gratitude activities,” to be active in your day-to-day activities and take time to appreciate the things you currently have.
You can watch Dr. Day’s full interview with Pete Scalia and Angela An above.