No one understands the value of spending time with their loved ones better than those who have lost them.
In March 2009, Liam Neeson was working on a film in Toronto when he received the devastating call: His wife of 16 years, British actress, Natasha Richardson, was taking a beginning skiing lesson at a resort near Quebec when she fell and suffered a head injury.
But when he talked to her afterward, she simply told him she’d taken “a tumble in the snow.” Neither of them knew it at the time, but even as they spoke, the injury would lead to her death just a few hours later.
And I went in to her and told her I loved her. Said, “Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this. You’ve banged your head. It’s – I don’t know if you can hear me, but that’s – this is what’s gone down. And we’re bringing ya’ back to New York. All your family and friends will come.” And that was more or less it.
Thankfully, they’d both made a pact to be organ donors and her generous final act saved the lives of three people.
She lives on not only through her generosity, but also in the memories she helped create with her devoted husband and two sons, Michéal and Daniel.
It’s difficult to see past the pain immediately following the loss of a loved one. But given enough time and reflection, Liam now says his beloved wife’s death taught him one of life’s greatest lessons.
They say the hardest thing in the world is losing someone you love. Someone you grew old with and watched grow everyday. Someone who showed you how to love. It’s the worst thing to ever happen to anyone.
My wife died unexpectedly. She brought me so much joy. She was my everything. Those 16 years of being her husband taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our spouses. Because, life is very short. Spend time with your spouses. Treat them well. Because, one day, when you look up from your phone, they won’t be there anymore.
Live and love (every day) like it’s your last. Because, one day, it will be. Take chances and go live life. Tell the ones you love, that you love them everyday. Don’t take any moment for granted. Life is worth living.
Share these words of wisdom today, and remember to tell your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and all other family members you love them.
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