Lisa Marie Presley’s latest social media post saw the singer opening up about living with “sadness” and feeling “devastated” after the death of her son.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s only child died in hospital on Thursday after suffering cardiac arrest at her home in Calabasas, California. She was 54.
And in her last Instagram post before her death, the “Lights Out” singer spoke about life after the tragic death of her son Benjamin Keough.
Keough died on July 12, 2020 at the age of 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Calabasas, California.
On the occasion of “National Grief Awareness Day” in August, the singer wrote an essay for People magazine about the overwhelming grief she still feels over the sudden death of her son.
“Today is National Grief Awareness Day, and since I’ve lived in the horrific reality of his unrelenting grip since my son’s death two years ago, I thought I’d share a few things to be aware of regarding grief for anyone interested,” she wrote to her 583,000 followers. “If not to help yourself, but perhaps to help another who is grieving.”
Presley said she found that “sadness doesn’t stop or go away in any way.”
“Grief is something you have to carry with you for the rest of your life, despite what certain people or our culture would have us believe. You don’t get over it, you don’t move on, period.”
She admitted that she felt “judged and blamed” for her son’s death.
“I already fight with myself and beat myself up tirelessly and chronically, blaming myself every day and that is hard enough to live with right now, but others will also judge and blame you, even in secret or behind your back, which is even crueler and more painful to top of everything else,” she wrote.
Presley also shared daughter Riley Keough with ex-husband Danny Keough. She shared her 13-year-old twin daughters Finley Aaron Love and Harper Vivienne Anne with ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
Presley said the lives of her three daughters, in addition to her own, were “completely exploded and destroyed” by Benjamin’s death.
“Nothing, absolutely NOTHING takes the pain away, but finding support can sometimes help you feel a little less alone,” she wrote.
“It’s a real choice to keep going, one I have to make every day and one that’s constantly challenging to say the least… But I’m going to keep going for my girls,” she added.
The Los Angeles medical examiner’s office ruled Benjamin’s death a suicide.
Three months after his passing, Benjamin was buried in Graceland next to his grandfather and several other relatives.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.