Lisa Marie Presley says she stays alive for three daughters after son’s suicide
Lisa Marie Presley has revealed that following her son's suicide, she consciously tries to stay alive for her three daughters.
The 54-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley, lost her son, Benjamin Storm Keough, in June 2020 after taking his own life aged 27.
Lisa is also a mother to 13-year-old fraternal twin daughters Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love from her fourth marriage to Michael Lockwood.
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She spoke candidly about the "challenging" impact her son's death had on her and her family, and his sisters' love for him.
Lisa wrote in a People essay in honour of National Grief Awareness Day on Tuesday (August 30): "It's a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least.
"But I keep going for my girls. I keep going because my son made it very clear in his final moments that taking care of his little sisters and looking out for them were on the forefront of his concerns and his mind."
She added: "He absolutely adored them, and they him. Me and my three daughters' lives as we knew it were completely detonated and destroyed by his death. We live in this every. Single. Day."
Benjamin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family's Calabasas home after an argument with his girlfriend of three years, Diana Pinto.
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He attempted to take his life six months earlier and had been to rehab four times but never completed his recovery.
Lisa added: "Today is 'National Grief Awareness Day,' and since I have been living in the horrific reality of its unrelenting grips since my son's death two years ago, I thought I would share a few things to be aware of in regard to grief for anyone who is interested.
"If not to help yourself but maybe to help another who is grieving. Grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year, or years after the loss."
She added: "Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, in spite of what certain people or our culture wants us to believe.
"You do not 'get over it,' you do not 'move on,' period.
"[It's] incredibly lonely' and while people show their support in 'the heat of the moment,' they soon go back to their own lives, 'and expect you to do the same."
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