We’ve lost a great many celebrities and people of interest during 2016. And with less than a week to go before the end of the year, another beloved icon has passed away—Carrie Fisher. What a year it’s been!

Why do we mourn Carrie Fisher’s death more than that of a lot of other recently deceased celebrities?

According to my Spirit Guides, it was her buoyant spirit. “She was victimized, but never the victim,” they said, and that’s the kind of thing that resonates with many older souls.

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that Carrie was a very old soul (Level 10), and that gave her a resilience many other people would be unable to muster if they’d ended up in a life like hers.

Having been around the block so often, her soul recognized that it could handle the huge lessons life brought her.

Most actors are either full Performer soul types, or have a strong Performer influence. Carrie Fisher was no different.

Your soul chooses your parents and family of origin before coming into this incarnation. Carrie made sure of coming into a family where her talent would be both noticed and encouraged.

Her Performer soul type with a strong intellectual center gave Carrie an internal need to find an audience. 

And it gave her the kind of irreverent sense of humor we associate with old-soul Performers (like Mark Twain, Jim Carey, George Carlin, or Robin Williams, to name just a few).

Trump speaking his mind isn’t refreshing, it’s appalling. Coca Cola is refreshing…”

It might interest you to know that, in the year 1892, the soul that most recently incarnated as Carrie Fisher reached the end of a prior life in a small town in Russia. It was a time of famine and, as an elderly man in poor health, he lacked the stamina to survive. He died alone, after his family left in search of food.

A past-life death in which starvation was present always creates a soul-level fear of insufficiency now.

For some, it’s literally a fear that food will run out. But for Fisher, it caused her to carry a sense of isolation and emptiness into this life.

Her well-documented addictions were, to a great extent, the result of her trying to fill the emotional and spiritual hole. Self-medication is, sadly, a common factor in very old souls.

Fisher was very open about her struggles with addiction, as well as her mental illness. In speaking about her own issues about being bi-polar, she helped others suffering in the same way.

This is considered to be a spiritual act—something that allowed her to heal herself while helping others. Like many Performer soul types, she was working on overcoming past-life blocks around self-expression. And in this area, her life can be considered a major success.

Just one day after Carrie Fisher passed away, her mother, Debbie Reynolds (also a Level 10 soul age) died.

Her mother’s soul was what my Spirit Guides refer to as an “old friend” of Carrie’s. (An old friend is a close member of the same soul family.)

These two old souls shared many past lives together, and that connection created a deep bond between them.

The cause of Reynolds’ death, just one day after her daughter’s, has been described as a broken heart. This is not too far from the truth.

While the two souls would have stayed connected, even though one was no longer on this plane, her soul’s sense of loss from Carrie’s death triggered the physical response that manifested as a stroke. According to Reynolds’ son, her last words were, “I miss her so much. I want to be with Carrie.”

Carrie Fisher’s death has affected many of us. She was feisty, intelligent, open minded, outspoken, and incredibly funny. She was the kind of old soul it especially hurts to lose.

Let’s hope 2017 will be a little more gentle on us.