Carrie Fisher was buried alongside her mother, actor Debbie Reynolds, in a privately held service. Reportedly, Carrie Fisher’s ashes were carried in an urn made in the shape of the anti-depressant drug Prozac.
Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds were laid to rest Friday in a joint private funeral service, with the Star Wars actress’ ashes placed in a giant Prozac pill urn. Fisher, a longtime mental health advocate, openly discussed her battles with depression and bipolar disorder during her lifetime.
Prior to the service at the Hollywood Hills’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park, reports surfaced that, despite the family’s desire to lay both actresses to rest together, Fisher preferred cremation while Reynolds wanted to be buried.
According to USA Today, some of Fisher’s ashes were placed in the coffin with her mother, with the rest residing in the Prozac pill urn that her brother Todd Fisher held during the service.
“Carrie would like that. It was her favorite thing, and so that’s how you do it,” brother Todd Fisher says of unique urn
Todd Fisher explained the unique urn to Entertainment Tonight, “Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill. She loved it, and it was in her house, and [daughter] Billie [Lourd] and I felt it was where she’d want to be. We couldn’t find anything appropriate. Carrie would like that. It was her favorite thing, and so that’s how you do it. And so they’re together, and they will be together here and in heaven, and we’re OK with that.”
He added that Friday’s private service “was fitting and it was beautiful” and that the family was planning for a larger public memorial in the future.
Reynolds and Fisher’s family held a private service at the actresses’ home on Thursday, with Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss and Penny Marshall among the celebrities to attend.
Fisher died December 27th, four days after suffering a cardiac episode aboard an airplane; Reynolds died the next day following a severe stroke. Bright Lights, a documentary about their mother-daughter relationship, premieres on HBO Saturday night.
No one can know if the actress Debbie Reynolds — who died on Wednesday, a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher — died of a broken heart. Ms. Reynolds, 84, had suffered from several health problems in recent years, and doctors said any number of factors could have contributed to her death, possibly from a stroke.
But by all accounts, she and her daughter were very close in recent years, and death from a broken heart is a well-established occurrence, both in medical literature and throughout the folklore of the earliest human communities.
One form of the phenomenon is called Takotsubo syndrome, after the Japanese term for “octopus trap,” because the heart looks as if it is caught from below, its upper chambers ballooning as if trying to escape.
The sudden loss of a child or spouse, perhaps foremost among life’s cruelties, sets off “an overflow of stress hormones, and the heart can’t take it,” said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “It appears to be a massive heart attack,” but, she said, “the heart is literally stunned.”
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