Shriver and Swayze’s wife speak of year’s loss at conference

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Maria Shriver, and Lisa Niemi (Patrick Swayze’s wife) shared their grief moments to a crowd of 25,000 women at the 2009 Women’s Conference in California.  Both women endured losses of loved ones in 2009.
By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

Lisa Swayze spoke on how she felt sad for not saying I Love You enough to her husband who died of cancer this year.  She said, “I’ve spent two thirds of my life with him … My regret is that I didn’t tell him that I loved him enough over that entire 34 years. I am so grateful for what I had and my connection to him, and part of me believes that I will see him again,and I’m just going to have to go on until then.”

Maria Shriver spoke about what she said to her mother before she died this year, “Now Mommy, listen to me, When you get up there, you have to stay in contact with me, because the truth is, I’m not really sure what to do without you. So please send me signs from time to time so I know you’re OK. I have to know you’re OK so I can be OK. Mommy, please keep helping me because I need you. I will never stop needing you.”

These shared intimate moments show on how precious our time and words are in life.  When a loved one dies there is no second chance to say all the things you wanted to say.  I encourage everyone to reflect ont he words by Shriver and Niemi and how it may apply to our lives.