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5 Ways To Mourn The Death Of Someone You Never Knew

Celebrity deaths can hit us hard. It's been a particularly rough week, so here are some ways to cope.

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1. Let yourself be sad.

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It's OK to have an intense reaction to loss, even if you didn't really know the person you're grieving. Your feelings are valid. Let yourself experience them.

2. Remember their work.

Good morning. Listen. It's going to be that kind of week. Surround yourself with the work they left behind. The work's not going anywhere.

Revisit the things that made you love and admire this person in the first place. Remind yourself that they may be gone, but what they created will always be there for you to experience and enjoy.

3. Create something of your own.

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One of the best ways to honor someone's legacy is to continue to be inspired by them. Help your heroes live on in your own endeavors.

4. Share stories.

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Whether it's reading personal tributes, trading anecdotes, or just writing something down for yourself, giving voice to emotions and memories can be an important way to process a loss.

5. Focus on gratitude.

If you're ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie.

At the end of the day, we've all gotten to share this planet with some pretty spectacular people — and that's truly something worth celebrating.

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