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Real Talk with OSYL: Rona Series Episode 31

Welcome to a new episode of Real Talk from OSYL. In this episode, we have a discussion and share our thoughts on legacies and what they mean to us.

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Death is an inevitable part of life. No matter where we turn, it's part of human nature that we see, hear, or experience some form of death in our lives. Death can impact us both directly and indirectly. The way we deal with it is an experience that we are all too familiar with, yet, we don't generally talk openly about. How do we comprehend it? In this episode, Tyler and Steven team up, again, to tackle the following question: how do we mourn a loved one that had just passed away?

In this episode we share our personal experiences with death. Specifically as it relates to a loved one who had recently passed within the recent decade. The question we ponder is how do we mourn? We come to learn that there is no right answer--definitely no wrong way to mourn either. The way we mourn is personal, and individualize to the that individual that is impacted by the death--again, regardless if directly or indirectly. During the discussion, we share ways that honor the passed. Whether that is remembering them on their birthday, or learning to carry on their legacy, whatever that may have been. Lastly, we discussed the difference between mourning and grieving. And before looking it up via the dictionary, we discussed how grieving is the internal and most times, discombobulated way of trying to comprehend the death. In contrast, mourning is after figuring it out internally, and it becomes the external showing of our feelings towards the death. It appears there is a lot of overlap between the two forms of coming to terms with someone's passing, and again, no right or wrong way to do it.

Throughout the episode, we reflect, we think, we laugh, and we feel as we talk about this very human essence of our lives. We talk about death in entertainment and culture, and how mourning, grieving, and overcoming are reflected in them. It is all around us, all we can do is continue to be kind and loving to each other. Death seems to happen every day regardless of its directness to us. Be kind, we don't ever know what a stranger had been through. For those who we loved and had passed, it feels like in our strength of our memory of them alone, can bring enough power to keep their spirits alive--even if it is just in our own hearts.

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