Patton Oswalt’s Secret for Coping with Grief Is Both Beautiful and Hilarious

Grief. It’s something we all try to avoid, but, eventually, it catches up with each one of us. It might be through a broken relationship, the end of a job or, like Patton Oswalt, the heartbreaking loss of a loved one.

Patton Oswalt, actor, stand-up comedian and writer, best known for his role in the sitcom The King of Queens, lost his wife, Michelle McNamara, on April 21. She died in her sleep at age 46.

The loss was shocking and soul-crushing for Oswalt, and the couple’s young daughter, Alice.

[*An Instagram post by Oswalt featuring his wife.]

In a recent talk with Conan (watch the full clip above), Oswalt shares an update on his progress and offers some of the intimate details about life with grief and how he’s helping Alice cope with the loss of her mother.

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Oh, and it’s completely hilarious. Oswalt’s ability to leverage real-life humor to help heal grief is contagious.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course, it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”

If you’re hurting or grieving over the loss of a loved one, we hope this short clip gives you a smile and helps you heal—even just a smidge—from your own grief.

And we pray that the God of comfort will wrap his arms around you today.

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