It still seems too soon when it comes to discussing Carrie Fisher’s recent passing. Perhaps it may be too soon for a good long time. For many of us here at Legion of Leia, it’s been a difficult time processing our grief and – at least in my case – some of us haven’t even confronted it head on.
For people like me who have felt ashamed to grieve such an iconic figure Peter Mayhew, the actor known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars franchise, has something to say to us:
It’s okay to grieve.
Our Princess: We in the Star Wars family have had a very difficult week with the passing of Carrie Fisher, and her mother. We are grieving. For most of us, it’s real grief, whether you met her or not, we all knew her. But it’s New Year’s weekend, and a lot of us will be getting together with “our family” to ring in the New Year. If you are at a show where we are, and plan to stop by our table, we want you to know it’s ok. Talk about Carrie, mention her, share condolences. We grieve with you. And then, tell a joke and be happy, because it’s what she would want us to do. She was a one of a kind, the emotional roller coaster is one we are all riding on together. Most importantly, as in all things Carrie Fisher, be real. May the Force be with you.
Over the weekend, Peter Mayhew posted on Reddit and on Twitter his condolences and his words for the fans as we’ve been struggling with the grieving process. He has been serving as a lighthouse, if you will, and has reminded those of us of what Carrie Fisher would have wanted. She would have wanted joy and would have wanted us to live out our lives to the fullest.
This leads to my summation.
It is okay to grieve. It is okay to be sad. And then, when the time comes, we must go live! That is what Carrie Fisher would have wanted. Thank you, Peter Mayhew, for reminding us of these things.