George, you bring tears to my eyes.

George Michael died several days ago, and my tears continue to flow.

Back in January of this year I wrote a post ‘we do know them, and we grieve‘; it concluded with the following –

laurajack.com has an article titled ‘Why do we cry when famous people die?‘ and includes the following –

This begs the question, why do we cry when famous people die?

As they say at the Grief Recovery Institute, we do know them, we just haven’t met them in person.  We all have an emotional relationship with people who we admire, and perhaps even hope to meet them one day.  Therefore, when they die, we grieve because we have a emotional relationship with them that feels incomplete.

Grief is part of our evolution as humans.  Without loss and grief, we don’t grow.  Experiencing sadness, heart-ache, fear or any other emotion, is part of life, as hard as it may be sometimes.  It is what allows us to continue to transform.

So, whether we lose a family member or a person we admired, grief is normal.  Allow yourself and others to feel and be compassionate and loving because that is what we need to heal.

In today’s post, I needed to write the following –

George, you bring tears to my eyes.

George Michael died several days ago, and my tears continue to flow.

As indicated in the above article, I have an emotional relationship with George Michael and I am grieving because he is gone.  But he was just a singer and artist; a person with great talent – there are many others that fit this same description.

I published a post November 2015 titled ‘My Time in a Psychiatric Hospital‘, in which I wrote about my experience in a psychiatric hospital and my feelings and views about this time in my life.  This event in my life occurred in the late 1980s and was one of many turning points in my life that led me here today.  With much time on my hands while in the psychiatric hospital, I listened to music.

I have memories today of that time in my life and the music I listened to was significant to me as I felt at times it was created just for me at that time in my life.  There was a singer and artist of that time who had a very successful selling album titled ‘Faith’.

Depression years led me to attempt suicide that led me to a psychiatric hospital; that ultimately led me here today.

I needed ‘Faith’ back then, those many years ago, and I still do today.

George, you brought tears to my eyes back many years ago.

George, you bring tears to my eyes still today.

George Michael died several days ago, and my tears continue to flow.

30 thoughts on “‘Faith’

  1. Our human connection to music is strong. It can evoke such strong memories that the people who are the artists really are a part of our “life.” They are part of our inner “family” to me. Hoping he continues to bring you Faith and peace.

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  2. I remember him but didn’t realize that some of the songs I heard were actually by him. I remember the bathroom “incident” and I didn’t really give a shit. My daughters immediately adopted the T-shirt with the rolled up sleeves and I thought they looked adorable. (So did they.)
    I understand what you mean about “knowing them.” There have been several famous people who have died and I felt like I knew them. I remember being sad and thinking “I wasn’t ready for them to die.”
    Death is always going to be sad but as long as we remember them…they will live on. 🙂

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  3. I’ve always been amazed at the power of a song or an artist to move us. It’s not always something expected, but music has such incredible power in this way. I can think of certain songs that just transport me to a certain feeling or that helped me through something in life. I don’t think any have likely had the same impact you talk of here, but just knowing the power of music, I can imagine the hurt you have in your heart right now. We’ll be thinking of you from here!

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  4. Yes, I can certainly understand how George Michael, his life, untimely death, and songs, in particular, Faith would have a very special place in your heart. Thank you for sharing your memories of some of the many gifts that George left us.

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  5. I instantly thought of you when I heard the news. He was part of your fabric, woven deep in your tapestry and his passing was bound to effect you very deeply. I send you warm winds from France to sooth your broken heart my dear friend.

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  6. It’s been another devastating news 😦 So many wonderful artists passed away last year, so many years have been cried… It really is strange that we feel so connected to people we don’t know personally. The only good thing is that they continue to live in their art and are not forgotten. ..

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