Death and grief effect us all. As exemplified by the death of "The Bachelorette" contestant Eric Hill shortly after his exit from the competition. ABC's “The Bachelorette” switched up its weekly format electing not to air the rose ceremony for the week in which contestant Eric Hill departed the show and instead spent that time reflecting on him and expressing their grief over his death.
“It was important to make this about Eric,” show host Chris Harrison stateted. “On behalf of everyone here at ‘The Bachelorette,’ our deepest condolences go to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.”
“It’s devastating to even talk about it,” Bachelorette Andi relayed. “There’s grief, there’s shock, there’s all these different emotions.”
ABC's decision to honor Eric in his death and share his story is something we do daily at The Hope & Healing Place. So many times the topic of death is avoided because it is uncomfortable. Though difficult, it is healthy and can be healing to talk about feelings for the deceased and share our stories with others. Talking about the deceased is what keeps their memory alive. Support groups like we offer at The Hope & Healing Place provide a safe environment to share these feelings and stories with others that are walking in the same shoes. Bravo to ABC for encouraging healthy grieving and honoring Eric.
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