Riley Keough Says She Became a ‘Death Doula’ In Wake of Brother’s Suicide
“That’s really what’s helped me, being able to put myself in a position of service.”
Riley Keough revealed she became a “death doula” to help her cope with the suicide of her brother Benjamin, who died in July 2020 at just 27.
The “Zola” actress described the aftermath of the shocking news of his death as “a year of feeling like I was thrown into the ocean and couldn’t swim” during a recent interview with The New York Times.
“If I’m going through a breakup, I know what to do with that and where to file it in my mind, but suicide of your brother? Where do you put that? How does that integrate? It just doesn’t.”
After laying down some ground rules for herself to make sure she wasn’t “running from anything,” the star eventually studied to become a “death doula,” where she provides comfort and support for people at the end of their lives, much like a birth doula helps at the beginning of the life cycle.
“A year ago this morning was the last time I got to see you,” Keough captioned the post. “I didn’t hug you properly because I thought you had covid. I wish I’d hugged you properly.”
She added, “I miss you every day.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress.
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