Elvis died 34 years ago today

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?

This entry was posted in Bereaved Parent, Death of a child, Elvis and tagged , , by Rebecca Carney - One Woman's Perspective. Bookmark the permalink.

About Rebecca Carney - One Woman's Perspective

My name is Becky Carney. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for 40 years. We have two living children, Eric (37) and Jenna (32). We lost a baby in utero at 19 weeks in 1987. In 2002, our middle son, Jason (19), and his best friend, Alina (20), were broadsided by a drunk driver who was going at least twice the speed limit. They both died instantly. This blog is written from my perspective as a bereaved parent. I don't claim to know what it's like to walk in anyone else's shoes. Each situation is different; each person is different. Everyone handles grief differently. But if I can create any degree of understanding of what it's like to be a parent who has lost a child, then I have succeeded in my reason for writing this blog.

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