John McCain's Widow Cindy Reveals How She Learned 'to Live with a Broken Heart'

On August 25, 2018, Republican Senator John McCain passed on after battling with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Now as the first anniversary of his death comes around on Sunday, his widow has revealed how she’s been coping without him.

For a “People” magazine piece, Cindy McCain has opened up about how she’s dealing with the loss of her husband John McCain, 81. She noted that the “heaviest” part of their grief had subsided.

John’s widow noted that her husband would’ve joked that “It’s about time.” She revealed that the late politician wouldn’t have wanted his family to mourn him forever, nor would he have wanted any sad commemorations of his passing.

Cindy McCain at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at Marriott Louisville Downtown on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky | Photo: Getty Images

Cindy McCain at the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at Marriott Louisville Downtown on September 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky | Photo: Getty Images

Instead, he would have wanted his family to “celebrate the life we shared with him.” Cindy candidly admitted that getting to where she was today wasn’t easy because she’d grown “accustomed to sharing life with John.”

"I learned to live with a broken heart.”

She confessed that “there were days when I felt overwhelmed by his absence, and the habits and little problems of ordinary life seemed a challenge.” However, she’s managed to soldier on but allowing herself to know that it was alright “to not be okay every day.”

John McCain conceding victory on stage with his wife Cindy McCain during the election night rally at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on November 4, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona | Photo: Getty Images

John McCain conceding victory on stage with his wife Cindy McCain during the election night rally at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa on November 4, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona | Photo: Getty Images

The late senator’s wife explained that she’d learned “to live with a broken heart” and that “the bad days” had “become fewer.” One of the things that have helped her carry on was the fact that she’s a mother.

She and her husband are parents to seven children. John had Douglas, Andrew, and Sidney, from his first marriage and with Cindy he had Meghan, Jack, James, and Bridget.

John and Cindy McCain leaving the Mountain View Christian Church polling place after casting their vote on November 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona | Photo: Getty Images

John and Cindy McCain leaving the Mountain View Christian Church polling place after casting their vote on November 8, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona | Photo: Getty Images

Even though all her children are adults, they’d come to rely on their mother to give them counsel and support as they mourn too. The other thing that kept Cindy going was the fact that she was expecting a new grandson.

Jack and his wife, Holly, are expecting their first child together. The late politician’s wife revealed that she’d since “moved back to the neighborhood” where she grew up.

Cindy McCain leaning on John McCain's casket as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, on August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images

Cindy McCain leaning on John McCain's casket as he lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, on August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images

It’s also the place where she and John had begun their married life and raised their children. Cindy found comfort in the familiar settings of the neighborhood.

She’s now also working as the chairmanship of the McCain Institute’s Board of Trustees. The organization allows her to keep busy, pay tribute to him, and keep his legacy alive.

Cindy, James, and Meghan McCain look on as the casket of the late Senator John McCain is loaded into a Hearse at the Washington National Cathedral, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images

Cindy, James, and Meghan McCain look on as the casket of the late Senator John McCain is loaded into a Hearse at the Washington National Cathedral, September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC | Photo: Getty Images

As her husband had promised, things were slowly getting better for them. However, the McCains couldn’t help but miss “his dynamism,” humor, the adventures they shared, and “the fun we had together.”

The piece concluded with Cindy writing

“John was never happier, never more satisfied, never more sure of himself than when he was helping the good guys fight the bad guys to help the little guys.”

The day after her husband passed, Cindy took to Twitter sharing that her “heart” was “broken.” She expressed gratitude for the 38-years that the couple got to spend together.

John’s widow ended her post writing: “He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the [sic] place he loved best.” The late senator died at his Arizona home surrounded by family.

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