If you’ve ever experienced the loss of a loved one and found solace in talking to them, whether at their gravesite, during quiet moments at night, or while gazing at the sky during a walk, you’re not alone. For many, engaging in conversation with departed loved ones serves as a therapeutic means of navigating the complex emotions of grief.
Dr. Alison Forti, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University, emphasizes the positive impact of verbally expressing emotions toward a deceased loved one. Whether done at a grave site or within the confines of one’s home, speaking out loud aids individuals in processing the disbelief that often accompanies the loss of a loved one.
In Albany, New York, two sisters they recently demonstrated that communicating with the departed can be healing and humorous. Having lost their 63-year-old mother to pancreatic cancer just over a year ago, Sara Wollner and Katie Riggins created a lighthearted video in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. The video, where they playfully confessed their missteps and mishaps since their mother’s passing, went viral on TikTok, amassing over 20 million views.
@sarawollner Confessions to our dead mom #funny #siblinghumor #dayinmylife #viral #trending #sisters #funnytiktok #parentloss #parentlossawareness #fyp #fypage #fypシ #confessions #siblingcomedy ♬ original sound – Sara Lauren
In the video, the sisters hilariously recount various blunders, such as not realizing the need to file their mother’s taxes and driving uninsured for months. The confessions, though amusing, touch on genuine aspects of their lives post-grief. The video’s success prompted the sisters to share more confessions in a follow-up, providing entertainment and comfort to those dealing with loss.
Viewers expressed gratitude for the sisters’ unique perspective on grief. One person shared how the video brought a smile during a challenging time, while another, facing a terminal illness, saw it as a way to prepare their children for the realities ahead.
Despite the comedic approach, the sisters acknowledge the difficulty in confessing more emotional aspects, such as not crying at their mother’s funeral due to pregnancy-related nausea. The follow-up videos continue to strike a balance between entertainment and providing solace to those navigating the intricate journey of grief and loss.
@sarawollner Part 2: Konfessions to Kare #griefjourney #parentloss #trending #viral #deadmomconfessions #fyp #fypシ #foryoupage #sibling #siblinghumor #sisters #confessions ♬ original sound – Sara Lauren
The sisters’ tribute showcases their resilience and sense of humor and reflects their mother’s philosophy of facing adversity with laughter and strength. One sister aptly said, “When something bad happened, [mom] would say, ‘Let’s laugh about it and keep it moving.’ Our family motto was, ‘We are women, hear us roar.'”