Board certified psychiatrist Ryan Davis, M.D. who specializes in treating children and adolescents, says, “It’s important for the show to have the availability for counseling or at least a more organized memorial, so the individual can participate in the way they find meaningful.”
Dr. Davis says Mark Salling will react differently than Chord Overstreet or Darren Criss, because “death and dying is such an individualized experience and everyone is affected differently.”
He says some cast members may need to mourn in silence, while others need to reach out to coworkers and the people around them to start the healing process.
And, it couldn’t be more apparent than how the cast is handling their media appearances.
A day after Cory’s death, Jane Lynch appeared in the Broadway show Annie, Matthew Morrison performed at a concert in New York and Chord Overstreet appeared at a softball game and dedicated a home-run to his co-star. Then on Monday, Darren Criss wore a black ribbon in honor of Cory, while attending the premiere his movie Girl Most Likely.
But it appears the emotion caught up with certain cast members — Darren canceled a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly & Michael. Matthew also canceled an appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael scheduled for Thursday.
And when Jane appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday night, she got choked up as she said, “I don’t think he left one day unlived.”
Chord, who tweeted Thursday “Thank you guys for all the love and prayers you’ve been sending out. Means a lot” is still scheduled to perform at the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood on Saturday.
No one has seen Lea since the death.
Glee is scheduled to return to production on July 29