Maria Shriver on Grief
Maria Shriver knows about grief, given all the tragedies that have afflicted her extended family over the years.
Like most in the large Kennedy family, she's been private about her losses but she made an exception Tuesday when at a conference about women, she talked about dealing with the death of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, followed just weeks later by her uncle, Edward M. Kennedy.
"In the United States, we are grief illiterate," she said.
"I go through my days trying to act incredibly normal. ... I go through the motions," she said. "But every minute of every day, I can feel my broken heart."
"The real truth is, I'm not fine," she said. "The real truth is, my mother's death has brought me to my knees. I had feared it my entire life. I was terrified that when it actually happened, I wouldn't be able to go on."
Katie Couric and Elizabeth Edwards were at the conference, as was the widow of actor Patrick Swayze and actress Susan St. James, who lost her 14-year-old son Teddy in 2004. They all talked about losing family members to an audience of 14,000. At the bottom of this story, the Sacramento Bee reporter came back to Shriver and a spiritual experience she had four days after her mother's death. I won't spoil it, but recommend you give it a read.
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