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Oprah Had Difficulties Finding Final Words To Her Dying Mom, But Eventually She Came Up With Most Heartbreaking Ones

April 19, 2019 09:58

Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, passed away on November 22, 2018 on the Thanksgiving Day. She was 83 at the moment of death.

Vernita Lee used to work as the housemaid throughout her life and settled down in Milwaukee when her daughter Oprah was a 6-year-old girl.

Final words to dying mother

During one of the recent interviews, Oprah Winfrey candidly discussed difficulties she faced while finding final words to her dying mother.

Oprah knew the end was near, and it was so frustrating to know your closest person is not going to live long.

I could feel the end was near. She’d become not only weak but weary and resigned.

It was almost impossible to find the right words, as there were no thoughts and feelings.

I was empty of thoughts and feelings. That night I went to bed and prayed for the right words to come. Words without judgment or a hint of resentment.

Even though Oprah had rather complicating relations with her mother, she wanted to come up with special words, as she knew there won’t be the same opportunity again. When she left her during one of the visits, it was clear that probably they won’t meet again, and Oprah could think of nothing more meaningful to say than:

Goodbye, I’ll see you later.

In 2011, Oprah revealed she learned a powerful lesson from her mother.

When I left our mother's house the other day, for the first time I realized that that was a gift to me. Pat, going to the tabloids and telling the story about my having the baby, was a gift because it released me from the shame that my mother still carries today. I thought, had she not done that, I would still be exactly where my mother is—stuck in the shame.

Oprah Winfrey had difficulties finding right words to her dying mother, but eventually she came up with the best ones.