My Life in Song: Processing Grief Through the 1992 Hit Disney Musical, “Newsies”

Rachel Inberg
Human Parts
Published in
4 min readMay 28, 2023

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CW: physical abuse, animal abuse, self-harm

I was seven in 1992, the year Newsies came out and the year I began to have suicidal thoughts at summer camp. Watching my second-grade peers jump rope from the bench where I camped out during recess, I didn’t have the words for it, only the sensation of being disappeared by the living; parental neglect had long since stolen my voice, muted me into a ghost who could observe but never participate.

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Rachel Inberg
Human Parts

Rachel writes from the unique perspective of a healthcare professional who treats mental illness and also experiences it herself. Read more at rachelinberg.com