Mafia Mavens talk about using grief over Kobe Bryant’s death for a greater purpose

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This one came right straight out of our hearts. The world suffered a sudden loss when Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other precious souls were lost in a helicopter crash this past week. When events like this happen, it rocks many of us to our core.

What are we to learn from this tragic experience? As we take a pause to catch our breath, it behooves us to think about how we are dealing with our own mortality. Sports celebrities like Kobe Bryant hold a special place in our hearts and when tragedy strikes, there are many reasons why we might feel the pain differently than when other types of famous people suddenly die.

Danyel gave great insight about her experience with death within her own family and friends, and being of a generation who grew up when Kobe was creating his legend in the NBA. Kobe touched a lot of lives in a lot of different ways and she explained why she thinks his death was felt so deeply by so many people.

Kobe Bryant’s death struck me the way most deaths do after working as an oncology nurse and psychotherapist. As I have often done in the past, I used the opportunity on our podcast to discuss the importance of getting your affairs in order because death (at least at this point) is inevitable.

A sudden death like Kobe’s can happen to anyone of us at any moment on any given day. I shared some of my frustration over the years with how our society tends to be dysfunctional in terms of dealing with death and dying.

I’ll never apologize for blabbing about how important it is not to leave your family members or close friends to make decisions about your medical care at the end of life. Putting together a document called a durable power of attorney for medical purposes is the most helpful thing you can do for your loved ones when a medical crisis occurs.

Have a listen if you like and let us know what you think. We’ll be going all over the place with our podcast during the off season, so stay tuned.


*Sensitive issues will be discussed during this podcast.

Editor’s babble: This one got me to the bone. If one person gets their paperwork in order as a result of something we said here, I’ll consider it mission accomplished. If you want to holla at me about it, you can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.

About Robyn Mundy

Robyn Mundy is Editor-in-Chief of the BillsMafia blog at She's a retired oncology nurse & psychotherapist who loves to write about her life-long passion for the Buffalo Bills, and occasionally something of clinical or social relevance. Robyn lives with her husband Gary and their dogs in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. Robyn is also a proud founding sponsor. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynMundyWYO.