Maria Shriver Makes a Rare Public Admission of Kennedy Grief

On stage after speaking at the Women’s Conference: Elizabeth Edwards, left; Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze’s widow, second from left; Maria Shriver; and Susan Saint James, right. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)RedTracker| It was a poignant moment for California’s First Lady Maria Shriver, speaking at a preplanned session on grief, part of Shriver’s Women’s Conference in Long Beach.

In a rarely seen crack in the infamous Kennedy grief armor, Maria Shriver admitted that her mother’s death “has brought me to my knees.”

“I had feared this my entire life… . She was my hero, my role model, my very best friend. I spoke to her every single day of my life. I tried really hard when I grew up to make her proud of me.” via LA Times

Maria’s mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver died in August, after a series of strokes. We don’t hear enough great stories about mother/daughter relationships. Perhaps they’re lacking in real life; I don’t know. This brief story about Maria Shriver’s heartfelt loss touches all but permanently frozen hearts.

Eunice Shriver’s love and support of her daughter was extraordinary in daily rituals and affirmations of Maria’s talents. What a gift they shared, and how many women around the globe never have a taste of the love they have shared.  Anne