Christopher Reeve’s son Will made an emotional statement about losing both his parents
Will Reeve, son of Christopher Reeve, and a famous sports journalist wrote an open letter to his 13-year-old self and talked about his emotional turmoil after losing both his parents.
CBS News reported about Reeve’s emotional confession and his candid opinion about the struggles he faced after losing his father to a cardiac arrest and his mother to lungs cancer.
The 26-year-old journalist lost his father in 2004 due to cardiac arrest, which he suffered while being treated for bedsore sepsis. The iconic Superman actor was paralyzed in a horseback riding accident that broke his first and second vertebrae in 1995.
Only a year-and-a-half later, his mother, Dana Reeve, also passed away from lung cancer, adding to the immense grief of the young boy.
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In the emotional open letter, he tells his 13-year-old self that ‘there’s nowhere to go but up’ from the lowest point in one’s life.
Reeves reminds his younger self that losing his mother, and saying her his final goodbye in a hospital room, was a ‘new bottom’ for him after previously losing his father. However, the only place to go from there was up, and that was exactly where his life would head next.
The journalist wrote about some of the happier moments with his parents that will always remain with him.
His father teaching him how to ride a bike and his mother’s ‘singing voice filling the air with sweetness’ are some of the fond memories and ‘good stuff’ he will always remember.
Reeves also warned his younger version that there would be times in his life when he would ‘feel lost’ and ‘insecure’ about the choices in life, the direction of the career, missteps in relationships and social settings, but he would learn from it.
He concluded the letter by advising his younger-self to ‘just be you’ because no one has ‘all of this figured out.’ He finally consoled, ‘…no matter which way your journey leads, mom and dad will be there…’