How soon do you think is too soon to get back to business after the death of a loved one?
Marie Osmond is seriously suffering in the wake of her son, Michael Blosil’s tragic suicide on Feb. 26. But mere days after his death, Marie decided to return to work, and rejoin brother Donny onstage for their Donny & Marie Show at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas March 9. But is it too soon?
“Everyone mourns in a different way,” psychologist and clinical social worker Dr. LB Wish explains to Hollywoodlife.com. “For some, going back to work serves as scaffolding, and keeps them in order. Work helps them mourn and they are stronger and able to deal because they don’t fear as much that the painful feeling will completely overwhelm them.”
Dr. Wish says that it’s only natural that Marie, 50, is struggling for ways to cope with her tragic loss, just like any parent whose child commits suicide. “The parents go through reactions often questioning, ‘What did I do? Why didn’t I see the signs? What could I have fixed?’ There’s a terrible sense of incompletion.”
Wish does believe that – although some might think it strange that Marie would want to return to work so quickly – it’s possible that the stage provides her with immense comfort. “That definitely helps,” the psychologist says, adding, “It wards off deeper depression and makes you feel more competent to handle life.”
Wish also thinks that the connection she shares with her fans will definitely aid in the healing process, especially since she’ll have the additional support of older brother, Donny, 52, by her side. “Social contact with people that care about you is positive. Contact and connection is very good medicine.”
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