As Rizzo marks nearly one year since her husband’s passing, she shares her newfound purpose to emulate his positive approach to life and turn her loss into something beautiful to keep his memory alive.
Kelly Rizzo Is Taking What She Can From Grief In Honor Of Bob Saget’s Memory
2022 has been quite a year for Rizzo, and she recently opened up about spending the trying period without Saget, who departed this life on Sunday, January 9.
Speaking with NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff on TODAY, the bereaved widow confessed that it felt “very surreal and very strange” not to have seen or talked to her spouse in a year.
She touched on sharing her grief candidly with fans on social media, which she believed was “having some sort of impact on people who have gone through something similar.” It also gave her “this whole new sense of purpose and life.”
Amid the challenging period of grief, Rizzo was supported by Saget’s friends and his three daughters, Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer, from his first marriage to Sherri Kramer. “The three of them are just everything to me,” she said, “because they were everything to him and so keeping them close really is everything.”
Cooking has also helped comfort the travel creator as she and her late partner spent some of their cherishable moments in the kitchen. She felt it was another way to honor him as he was her biggest fan who loved all her videos.
Despite the immense pain she has endured, Rizzo confesses she has “tremendous gratitude” for all her great times with Saget, as her grief made her feel more appreciative of the love they shared. In her words:
“The missing him and the being sad about it doesn’t go away, but the grief now has really morphed into just this tremendous gratitude for the time that we had together.”
Rizzo Hopes To Be Positive With Her Loss Just Like Her Late Husband
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Reflecting on the year’s beginning, she described the “Full House” actor’s death as “the worst thing I and my family and Bob’s family and friends have ever gone through.” However, she is trying to make the best of it.
The 43-year-old actress further told the news outlet, “But then I’m also really trying to take from it what you can do to turn this into a positive experience because Bob did that
She noted that the comedian “had so much loss in his life” but was still able to morph everything into a “positive, reflective experience.” Hence, she was also going to follow in his footsteps and use “this experience in the same way.”
Before the interview, the “Unfiltered with Kelly Rizzo” star commemorated the holidays with a heartfelt tribute to Saget on Instagram. As The Blast reported, she recalled their last Christmas together and admitted that she never believed their first holiday together in Chicago would be their final.
They spent the special period with her family and one of her stepdaughters, Lara. Saget also got to meet her nieces Alex and baby Brooklyn. The visit left a lasting impression on the youngsters as Rizzo revealed that Alex still remembers the late filmmaker and talks about him “every single day.”
Diverting to elaborate on the Christmas season, she noted that it was “a time for hope, love, and togetherness,” after which she prayed for those missing loved ones amid the holidays. The May-born producer then conveyed her gratitude again for having her husband, “an incredible man,” in her life for six wholesome years.
The ‘Extra’ Actress Shares Her Inspiring Coping Mechanism Amid Grieving Process
About eight months after the unfortunate death of Saget, Rizzo made an appearance on the “Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine: A Tribute to Bob Saget” red carpet event, where she spoke on coping with her loss.
As we covered, she disclosed that she had some good days until reality came crashing down, prompting her to question if she was actually doing better. Rizzo also confessed that her grief was “ever-changing” and came in “ebbs and flows,” but despite the bad days, she chose to cope with her heartache by staying happy.
In her words, “I’m choosing gratitude and being grateful for the time we had together versus feeling sad that our time was cut short.”
Additionally, the “FabLife” actress believed grieving came in different phases, and she advised those with similar experiences that “the grief was going to pass” and they would eventually feel better.