Remembering Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith
Photo courtesy of Urban IslandZ
 
Tonight’s episode of “Glee” will be a tribute to Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July. There are promos available online, but I’m waiting to see the whole episode so I can feel the full impact of the cast and crew saying goodbye.
 
I was really sad to hear of Cory’s death in July. I’ve watched “Glee” for years now, and Finn Hudson, the character Cory portrayed, was my favorite. Being 6’ 3” tall, he could have come off as intimidating, but instead Finn was lovable, awkward, and very vulnerable. The show seemed to be setting things up so that Finn would return to McKinley High as a teacher. Instead, tonight they'll be mourning Finn Hudson’s death.
 
There are so many things that are sad about Cory’s death. He seemed to have so much to live for. He was dating his co-star Lea Michele. He had a couple more seasons of Glee to shoot and a couple of movies coming out this year and next. He was inspiring to a lot of people. He managed to stay sober for over 10 years.
 
Addiction is a horrible, evil thief, stealing a person from their loved ones and from their own awareness of their worth and value. There are many kinds of addiction. HelpGuide.org lists resources that can help.
 
One thing I did to mourn him was to make a donation to Project Limelight, a charity he supported. He also supported Virgin Unite and Chrysalis.
 
I keep listening to songs from Glee, and I love to hear Cory’s voice. I’d like to think that some essence of his kindness, his goofy smile, and his passion are still with us somehow.

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