Yesterday’s Oprah interview with Marie Osmond about the suicide of her son, Michael, (February 2010) was surprisingly honest and filled with parental words of wisdom that come from great loss. At times it was also gut wrenching to watch. When Marie closed the program by singing “Pie Jesus,” from the heart and in tribute to her son (something she now does on stage each night in Las Vegas), the result was stunning and incredibly human.
Watching this program, I couldn’t help but think of my beautiful son. I saw Eric’s face throughout the hour, but especially during Marie’s performance, which included photos of Michael. When the program was over, I sat in the silence of a darkened room and realized how much grief work still remains in my own life eight years after my tremendous loss. Too many tears and words held back to keep others comfortable.
You can watch Marie’s powerful interview and performance here. I suggest you have tissues nearby. Tough to watch? Absolutely. Imagine what it’s like to live the reality.