NBC Drama “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” Tackles Feelings of Loss, Grief in FTD

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As depicted in the NBC show Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, feelings of loss and grief in FTD can manifest in waves, creating an intensely personal experience for those touched by this disease.

The show, which utilizes musical numbers as a means to explore themes of empathy and connectivity, spotlights the relationship between the title character, Zoey, and her father, Mitch, who is living with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The show’s creator, Austin Winsberg, drew inspiration for the series from his late father’s journey with PSP.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet recently talked with trauma therapist Audrey Hope about the ways in which Zoey tries to cope with the impending loss of her father, and about the importance of acknowledging such feelings. The interview also touches on how grief is unique in illnesses such as FTD, as loved ones continually grieve the loss of a life they once had with the person diagnosed.

“There is no time frame with grief; it comes in waves,” Hope says in the interview. “One day you are fine and the next day you are not. You cannot apologize for the path it takes, as it is different for everyone.”

Grief is often a frequent and intensely personal experience for those facing life with FTD. The newest AFTD resource, Walking with Grief: Loss and the FTD Journey, was created to help individuals and families navigate the grief that is so frequently a part of the lives of all who are touched by this disease.

You can read the full interview here. The series is available to stream on Hulu and YouTube.

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