People usually share their grief.
It doesn't matter what it is they are grieving.
The loss of a loved one/family member is one most people will share with as many people as the griever can tell.
When you are a public figure your facebook posts & tweets will reflect your grief.
People post all kind of things on social sites, if they have eaten a nice meal, had a hard day at work, are having a really happy day... Lots of things.
The very fact that Rick is "famous" for what he does means that he will have many followers. As fellow Christians these people can share in Ricks grief. when someone dies, we all feel a sense of loss and compassion for their family.
In writing on the sites, Rick is helping himself and others to come to terms with their loss.
Then how is it a criticism to say that he will grieve publicly...when that is precisely what everyone does?
Everyone I know that has grieved tells everyone their grief. Just because a person is famous doesn't make the actions any different than any one of my friends or acquaintances. When you are famous your actions speak to a larger group of people.
It is public...very public when you are famous. It doesn't matter the age of a child the parents will always grieve their loss.
That being said...most public figures choose to tell their grief in a very personal way face to face with those around them. For reasons I have no idea about. Rick has chosen something different. I don't know if it is better or worse...I am not judging as I don't know what it is like to be that famous.
A friend of mine whom I have followed over the past ten years...
She finally got married to a wonderful husband and they were the picture of happiness. Both of them rather physically attractive with wonderfully warm and inviting personalities. Everyone was so happy for them. She had waited so long after her divorce.
The worst happened to them. He got cancer. He recently passed after a long and gruelling battle with it.
Every post she makes on facebook(for the last 6 months) is about her depression and mourning the loss of her husband.
I can't blame her. I don't blame her. She is behaving normally and expectedly.
I can hardly wait for the day that she is happy once again. I wish I could do something to ease her pain and loss. I think that she wishes that someone could ease her pain and loss too.
But until the day comes...she is going to continue to post about her grief and loss and depression.
And as a friend...I'll just listen. Its all I can do.