‘Today’: Maria Shriver Opens Up About Grief In Light of Kobe Bryant’s Death

by Jeremy Spirogis
Maria Shriver

As within the case of anybody dying immediately within the prime of their lives, the demise of Kobe Bryant shook so many people to the core.

Maria Shriver
Maria Shriver | Corey Nickols/Contour for Pizza Hut

Today correspondent Maria Shriver opened up this week about her expertise with grief and the way Bryant’s demise made her pause and take stock of the grief in her personal life and the way she has helped her household navigate it.

Here is a take a look at Shriver’s considerate observations, and the latest losses which have knowledgeable her perspective.

Maria Shriver’s lack of her cousin final 12 months

The 64-year-old journalist’s mom was Eunice Shriver, President John F. Kennedy’s sister. She and her household are properly acquainted with loss and grief, beginning together with her uncle’s assassination, her uncle Robert’s killing in 1968, and the demise of her cousin John Kennedy, Jr., in a airplane crash in 1999, to call just a few of the household’s tragic losses.

Last 12 months, in August, Shriver’s cousin, Saoirse Kennedy Hill, died on the age of 22 after an unintended overdose.

Hill’s demise left Shriver devastated. The mom of 4 writes a web based e-newsletter, Sunday Paper, and has taken to it to put in writing about life’s seasons and views.”

Last 12 months, she unburdened herself within the on-line publication after her younger cousin’s sudden demise.

“I sobbed for my cousin. I sobbed for all those who are suffering. I sobbed for my own grief, sadness, and fears. I thought I was done grieving the death of my mother, my father, my uncle, my marriage, and my old identity — all of which unfolded in rapid succession over the last 10 years — but turns out, I wasn’t.”

Shriver has skilled loss in different methods

The former first girl of California was evacuated final 12 months together with hundreds of different residents, through the wildfires that befell at the moment. She has additionally been evacuated throughout wildfires in 2017.

She wrote in Sunday Paper final 12 months of realizing immediately, with out hesitation, her priorities upon listening to that she would want to go away all the pieces behind.

“My heart beat fast as I grabbed the notes and cards my kids had written to me, which luckily I keep in a bag next to my bed. I grabbed their school drawings off the wall and threw them in my car. …something from each of my parents. …some other family photos and a few other items from people I love.”

Shriver’s ideas after Kobe Bryant’s demise

The former NBC News correspondent and her household are, as she stated in her Feb. 4 Sunday Paper, “a Lakers family.” She shared that her son, Christopher, particularly, “lived and breathed Kobe his entire life. His room is decorated in pictures of him, and he waited hours to get a ticket in the nosebleed section to his last game, during which he cried and cried.”

One can think about, then, the shock and unhappiness Shriver and her household felt on the information of Bryant’s passing. The unhappy lesson from the NBA legend’s demise is one thing Shriver shared in her e-newsletter saying, “As the Kobe story unfolded, it became more tragic by the minute. I felt my heart breaking for his family . . . One thing I’ve learned in my life is that trying to make sense out of a senseless tragedy is impossible.”

Maria Shriver together with her 4 kids

She associated the demise of Bryant, his younger daughter and each individual within the helicopter crash with them again to her cousin’s passing. The Jan. 26 tragedy introduced again to Shriver the sentiments from final 12 months’s loss and the life lesson she has come to phrases with.

“The truth is, there is no time like right now,” Shriver writes. “Call. Reach out. Make time. Listen. Be patient. Just sit. Our world is so fragile, as are our lives. Go out into yours with kindness, with love, and with gratitude. If you are readng this, you are one of the lucky ones. You are lucky because you are alive.”

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