Lessons From Whitney Houston’s Death

Over the years, there have been many stories which have been difficult for me to read on the news.  From horrific local crimes to international wars, when I go over my scripts in the morning I often wonder how I’ll make it through the stories without getting emotional.

Reading about the death of 48 year old singer Whitney Houston is one of those stories. It’s surreal for me.  Growing up, I had many of her CDs.  She had the voice and the face of an angel.  She had everything.  Even when we saw a glimpse of the impact of her drug use  I believed she would pull herself out of that struggle. Those around her would certainly help her. After all, she was Whitney Houston and there would be a much-celebrated comeback in her future.  But that was not to be. Instead, I’m reading details of her funeral arrangements. Drugs are addictive, destructive, and deadly.  They ruin the lives of everyday people as well as the famous and powerful.

Whitney Houston’s funeral Saturday will be “invitation only.”  1,500 people are expected to gather in Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston sang at as a girl. But the services are also expected to be broadcast online and on TV. There is a local memorial planned for Whitney Houston. The East Liberty branch of Coston Funeral Homes will celebrate her life Friday at 7PM & reservations are required.

Dr Nancy Mramor is a local psychologist who specializes in how the media impacts all of us.  I asked her to share her thoughts on Whitney Houston and what lessons we might take away from her life and her death.

“Whitney Houston was a diva, a talent, a woman of spirit, whose beginnings were in gospel music.  Her good fortune to land the role of The Preacher’s Wife, put her in charge of a church choir. But her good fortune didn’t end there;  she had  an attentive Denzel Washington nearby in the part of an angel! Her roots were strong as she weathered the strong winds of fame. She was a role model for so many women; she believed in herself and she pursued her dreams And this is how we remember her.  

But her death is a strong reminder that we must recognize our own weaknesses, our own stones in our path that could take that path away.  Unless we recognize, love and accept all of ourselves, then we are likely to caught in our weaknesses and lose sight of our goals.”
Dr Nancy Mramor has been a media expert for more than 25 years.  She is a licensed clinical, media and health psychologist and specializes in in radio, TV, technology and print as they impact the consumer and health issues.  She has written the award-winning book, Spiritual Fitness. 
Click here to learn more about Dr Mramor.

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