E85: Taking the Butterflies and Rainbows Out of Grief with Richard Pryor


Just six weeks after a family vacation, Richard Pryor received word that his 27 year old son, Richie, died in his sleep. For the next year or two, Richard was caught in what he refers to as the "loop of grief," watching videos of his son and trying to fix the griefs of the people around him. Attending a seminar where the speaker talked about focus and meaning got the ball of Richard's new identity going, calling him to focus on positive memories of his son and work towards making meaning of the loss of his child. This week, we're talking about taking the butterflies, clouds, and rainbows out of grief, taking the initiative to go to therapy as a grieving man, and what happens when people think they possess the rights to your grief. Also this week, I'm answering a listener question about starting to feel normal again after a loved one dies.

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