Chester Bennington's Wife Asks Twitter How To Handle This Yearly Tradition Without Him

"There's a hole in our family."

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

Talinda Bennington, wife of late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, took to Twitter this week to ask for advice on how to handle something many grieving families can probably relate to — the yearly family photos. 


Bennington passed away by suicide last July, leaving behind six children — three with Talinda and three from previous relationships. His teenage son Draven, whom he had with his first wife Samantha, appeared in a video for World Suicide Prevention Day last September. Talinda has previously shared family photos and videos of the musician, some taken just days before his death.

"Any advice on how to keep up the tradition while we are deeply grieving the loss of Chester," she wrote on Twitter this week, alongside a past family portrait. "There's a hole in our family. But those [of] us left standing need to continue this yearly tradition, especially for the little ones."

Fans came through with suggestions for how the family could include Bennington in the annual photos, even though he can't be there to pose for them in person. Ideas included holding a favorite picture of him, wearing items that belonged to him, and taking the photos in one of his favorite places.

Some users also suggested simply keeping the photos the same as usual. "He will always be a part of your family and your photographs, as he is living on through your beautiful children," wrote one fan. "He is always watching over you so you may find that he finds his own way to include himself too."

This isn't the first time Twitter users have come through for Talinda. Last week, to mark what would have been Bennington's 42nd birthday, she launched a new campaign called 320 Changes Direction, to raise awareness about mental health. She asked fans to learn the "Five Signs of Emotional Suffering" and the "Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-being," and then to write "I am the change" on their hand and share a photo on social media.

"The passing of my husband cannot be in vain. His passing was a catalyst for opening up dialogue with respect to emotional and mental health," Talinda shared. "Throughout his life, he saved countless lives with his music and philanthropy. And through his death, he continues to save lives by spotlighting the urgent need for a change in our mental health culture."

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

(H/T: Mirror)


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