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Kathie Lee Gifford On Having To "Make A New Life" For Herself To Battle Her Loneliness As A Widow

Date January 24, 2020 12:30

When Kathie Lee Gifford's home started feeling like a "mortuary," she decided it was time to make a change. She got candid about her challenges while speaking recently.

Finding herself all alone

Once upon a time, this TV presenter seemed to have it all. She had a loving husband and beautiful children who made her life full and lively. Unfortunately, those days are gone now.

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Kathie's love story with the late Frank Gifford was a delight from the very beginning. Speaking to HollywoodReporter, she talked about how she and Frank fell in love despite a 23-year age difference and ended up having 29 years together.

Their love story sadly ended when Frank passed away in 2015. He was 84 years old.

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Even though the couple had two children, Kathie eventually found herself alone as an empty-nester. She told PopCulture:

They're adults. They're well on their way to big, exciting lives.

So in a matter of years, Kathie went from having a bubbling home to living on her own. She is now opening up about how heartbreaking that was.

Making a big move

While speaking on the Today show recently, Kathie opened up about her decision to move to Nashville.

She revealed that even though she had her dogs to keep her company, the Connecticut home she once shared with her late husband "came to feel like a mortuary."

I said I need to make a new life for myself or this one is going to kill me. The loneliness was crippling.

Since the move to her new Nashville home, Kathie has continued to keep herself busy by connecting with songwriters and producers.

She has co-written and recorded new songs, written a romantic comedy, and even authored a children's book.

What could have been a difficult time for Kathie ended up being the motivation she needed to live a whole new life.

Some ways to cope with loneliness after the death of a spouse

Losing a spouse can be devastating. And true to Kathie's experience, loneliness has been revealed to be one of the toughest aspects to deal with.

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If you're coping with the same thing, these tips can help.

  • Don't isolate yourself: Your loneliness will only get worse if you choose to hide away. Like Kathie, you can reach to others who you have similar interests with, find a hobby, connect with close family and friends and so on.
  • Talk it out: It's also important to express your feelings to a supportive person. Keeping it all in will only make matters worse.
  • Consider getting a social life: Dating after losing a loved one can be complicated so you mustn't rush the process. But whenever you do feel up to it, try dipping your toe in. Take your time and go at a pace that's comfortable for you.

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Dealing with grief is tough. And opening up about it can be even more challenging. This is why Kathie Lee Gifford's bravery when it comes to sharing her story is admirable. Others in similar situations can learn from her or be inspired by her experiences. She lets the world know that it's okay to have bad days. And seeing her overcome them also makes us believe we can too.

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