I’m a Gleek, a devoted fan of the Fox show “Glee.” I’ve been watching avidly for two years. Although it’s a musical drama about a high school glee club, they sensitively tackle serious subjects like bullying, homosexuality, teen pregnancy, divorce, and now death.
As a grief therapist, I was curious to see how they might treat this subject in the most recent episode, “Funeral.” Sue Sylvester (the viciously cruel gym teacher) lost her beloved sister and was devastated. She shut down in her pain.
But the warm hearted, lovable glee club members opened their hearts to Sue. They helped her clean out her sister’s room and they created a moving funeral service with song, symbols, and video. And then . . . Sue opened her heart.
The character of ‘Sue’ showed a tender, soft, vulnerable side that had never been seen by the viewers. Grief in real life also offers the possibility of opening our hearts, cracking open the sometimes hardened shell of our lives. May each of us learn to let our losses open us to deeper living.
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW is the author of
“Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful”
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