MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The death of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman stunned people around the world over the weekend.
Psychologists say the loss of the icon affects children and families significantly.
The young men FOX13 spoke with said Chadwick Boseman gave them so much hope.
All weekend parents have been taking to social media. One mother said she doesn’t know what to tell her child because he looked up to the icon.
“One of the first, mostly only one of the black superheroes we have seen, and for him to die, it just took hope away from some people,” said Lorenzo Hopkins.
Hopkins, his brother, and cousin said Chadwick Boseman impacted men across the country.
The news didn’t go over well when the three teens learned the actor who played their favorite superhero in the film “Black Panther” died Friday from colon cancer.
“It had a lot of effect on my mama, because she was mad about it, especially with what’s going on, all the racism and all that stuff, and as a black superhero dying, and he played in the Black Panther, it meant a lot to a lot of folks,” said Jeremy Merriweather.
“In the face of the pandemic, in all of the racial and social unrest and then all of these tragic deaths, I think that we’ve got to really be paying attention to our kids,” said Dr. Mekel Harris, a licensed pediatric and family health psychologist.
Harris says expressing your emotions is key to helping your children cope with the loss of an icon.
“For parents, one of the greatest things they can do is to model what it’s like to grieve. I think a lot of times parents might try to shield their kids from emotion because they’re concerned their kids might see something,” said Harris.
Dr. Harris encourages parents to seek help. She says pay attention to your child. If they are all of a sudden withdrawn, have a conversation with them and ask them how they’re feeling.
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