Chris Cornell’s Brother Opens Up About ‘Anger’ And ‘Blame’ About Tragedy: ‘Sorrow’s A Formidable Foe’

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Chris Cornell’s brother Peter has posted the following on Instagram:

“Happy Holidays and the best for all of us in the new year. I won’t lie to you, this year was a tough one. AMY and I lost 6 souls. And now here we are. We talked about it tonight as we have been talking about it for months. Can we rise above these tragedies? For me in particular. I stubbornly cling to my anger. I want to fight and be sad. I want to blame and seek retribution where there is none to be had. I find the sorrow to be a formidable foe. So I sifted thru the old photos hoping to find something holiday-ish and happy. Look at those faces. The happiness is genuine. And the love jumps off the print. This picture came to me as part of a reconciliation.

You see I’ve been estranged from a large portion of my family for years. Partially fueled by loyalty. Partially fueled by my addiction. And unfortunately fueled by misinformation. Out of the most unimaginable and unthinkable tragedy a compassion was given a voice. A compassion and an ability to make amends, forgive and to be forgiven. So I share a little of our family at younger and happier times. Where we still had innocence. Before the cynicism. Before the tragedy.

And the photo reminds me I live with innocence and possibility everyday in the form of a genius child who is a light being and a healer and all he has to do is walk into the room. These days I cling to him as he reminds me each minute of each day to be present. To love and be loved. To be grateful and to be of service. As much tragedy as this year rained upon us, we have experienced prosperity and success on so many levels as well. So here on this page I wish you all the love and support you have shown me and my family these months. I thank my stars every day for Amy. She holds me up. She fans the flame of my fortitude and I hope on some level I can share this universal energy with all of you. Much Love. Happy Holidays!!!”

Happy Holidays and the best for all of us in the new year. I won’t lie to you, this year was a tough one. AMY and I lost 6 souls. And now here we are. We talked about it tonight as we have been talking about it for months. Can we rise above these tragedies? For me in particular. I stubbornly cling to my anger. I want to fight and be sad. I want to blame and seek retribution where there is none to be had. I find the sorrow to be a formidable foe. So I sifted thru the old photos hoping to find something holiday-ish and happy. Look at those faces. The happiness is genuine. And the love jumps off the print. This picture came to me as part of a reconciliation. You see I’ve been estranged from a large portion of my family for years. Partially fueled by loyalty. Partially fueled by my addiction. And unfortunately fueled by misinformation. Out of the most unimaginable and unthinkable tragedy a compassion was given a voice. A compassion and an ability to make amends, forgive and to be forgiven. So I share a little of our family at younger and happier times. Where we still had innocence. Before the cynicism. Before the tragedy. And the photo reminds me I live with innocence and possibility everyday in the form of a genius child who is a light being and a healer and all he has to do is walk into the room. These days I cling to him as he reminds me each minute of each day to be present. To love and be loved. To be grateful and to be of service. As much tragedy as this year rained upon us, we have experienced prosperity and success on so many levels as well. So here on this page I wish you all the love and support you have shown me and my family these months. I thank my stars every day for Amy. She holds me up. She fans the flame of my fortitude and I hope on some level I can share this universal energy with all of you. Much Love. Happy Holidays!!!

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  • Allison Auld

    It’s beautiful the way he speaks of his deceased brother. We should all hope to be remembered so fondly.

    • Olga Stewart

      If anyone (outside of both of his parents) knew Chris best, it was Peter.

      And that is why his (Peter’s) words resonate so much with us.

  • Lynn

    May God bless you Peter. You are a loving, caring man who is forthcoming in writing about your love and respect for Chris. I never met Chris but I miss him terribly. He was so blessed to have you as his brother. You are an incredibly amazing man. Take care of yourself.
    Sincerely, Lynn

  • makingconnections

    Christmas Blessings to you and yours Peter. You’re describing what so many of us go through when we suffer such a huge loss. I’m glad that you always give encouragement as well as sharing the difficult aspects of grief. Some of us think that trauma is involved in getting over a loss that is as complicated as Chris’s was.

  • Olga Stewart

    I always love reading Peter’s words about both Chris and the rest of his family.

    Of course, reading these words always make me tear up.

    But at the same time. it lets me know how much Chris was both loved and adored by his own family.