If you are a bookworm, you may have gotten way too attached to a particular character. A good book can put you in the characters' shoes. You laugh with them. You cry with them. Yes, I've cried over book characters. Can that attachment help with your grief?
When we lose a loved one, we often think of the best memories we had with them. Dr. Janina Scarlet wrote an interesting article on the subject for Psychology Today.
She talked about receiving news of the death of a friend's sister. She grew up with that friend, and she compared going to his house to Harry Potter going to the Weasleys' house.
Harry Potter makes friends with Ron Weasley and finds parental figures in Ron's parents. Scarlet said this about her friend's house:
"I felt understood, accepted, fully and unconditionally. My own family never understood mental health and I was often judged and criticized for feeling depressed or anxious. At Roger's house, we talked about our feelings, we hugged, we played board games and video games. We were allowed to be perfectly imperfect and magically human. Like Harry, I too often wished that I could just stay with my friend's family forever."
Connecting with a story or a character can help with grief. Reading a story of loss can show us ways to deal with a personal loss. Books are powerful things, and they can take you into a whole new world.