Why Do We Grieve Celebrities We’ve Never Met?

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On “What’s Trending,” host Jessica Reyes, Patricia Wu, and guest MHTN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Bober discuss why we sometimes feel deep sadness over the death of a beloved celebrity, even if we never personally interacted with them.

Para-relationships are real

Our brains can form one-sided emotional connections with media figures, leading to feelings of familiarity and even grief when they pass away.

Celebrities are people too

Despite their fame, celebrities face the same struggles as anyone else. This relatability can deepen our connection to them.

Separating fact from fiction

It’s important to remember that celebrities’ on-screen personas may not reflect their real-life personalities and actions.

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