For those who mourn – thoughts on Cory Monteith
The tragic passing of Glee actor Cory Monteith this week has really affected me.
Although, by all accounts it really shouldn’t have.
I have never watched Glee and had never even heard of the actor until his passing. But ever since, I’ve been riveted by his story. There is something about him that has touched me deeply.
Maybe it’s his struggle with addiction. I know too many people who share similar struggles.
Maybe it’s because he seemed like such a generous, down to earth person who, by all accounts, was a joy to be around. And yet, he was, at the same time, by his own admission, plagued with issues of self worth. I know that pain.
Or maybe it’s the outpouring of love, especially from his fans, that has resonated so deeply with me.
I’ve been following some “Gleeks” on Twitter this week and find that they’ve been treated pretty harshly for so deeply mourning the loss of someone that many of them had never even met.
What does it matter if they knew him personally or not?
From what I can tell, to many “Gleeks” Cory represented hope. The way he seemingly unapologetically lived life out loud was an inspiration. He gave countless numbers of people permission to be different and be ok about it. How many of us can say we do the same?
Cory Monteith was someone that many people – “Gleeks” or otherwise – looked up to as a role model and he has been taken from this world in the most tragic of ways. Whether a person had ever met him or not, the pain of the loss is real and should be honored.
The world needs more Cory Monteiths – people willing to fight their inner darkness while simultaneously bringing light into the world. People who give more than they take and leave a trail of smiles wherever they go.
To all who mourn his loss, I send out love and prayers.
For those struggling with this, or any other loss, I offer the two following Bach flowers:
Star of Bethlehem: This flower helps to neutralize any form of shock or trauma. It can be used to soothe current traumas, or to help heal trauma from the past.
Sweet Chestnut: This flower helps with extreme mental anguish, despair and grief.
May you rest in peace, Cory Monteith.