Elvis died 34 years ago today. Reports say that between 30,000 and 40,000 people gathered at the gates of Graceland today to remember him on the anniversary date of his death. Some people have shown up for years and years to remember Elvis on this day.
People trek from around the world to visit the gravesites of Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Lee, Frank Sinatra, or whatever celebrity or musician is deemed to be of importance to them. People pay big money for material possessions that belonged to Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball, etc.
The thing that seems odd to me is that it’s an acceptable thing to memorialize celebrities and musicians and collect things that once belonged to them…but we, as bereaved parents, are supposed to “move on.” We’re supposed to get rid of or put away nearly everything that once belonged to our child. It’s not considered “healthy” to hold on for too long to too many things that belonged to our child.
Interesting, isn’t it?