Kloots, who details her experiences with her husband’s struggle with the coronavirus in her new book, “Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero,” says it’s important for her not to get too bogged down in mourning his death.
“My overall theme for grief is that I know Nick would want me to move forward,” she said Wednesday on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.
“I know he would want me to find joy. I know he would want me to be the strongest woman and mother I could possibly be. So, I always keep that in the back of my head.”
In addition to Kloots, Cordero is survived by their son, Elvis, 2. Kloots, who said the traditional stages of grief “didn’t really apply to me,” is doing her best to look ahead.
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“I’m doing OK. Every day is a journey,” she said. “The roller coaster of grief has a lot of ups and downs and twists and turns.”
She’s also making a point to let Elvis know what an incredible father he had.
“I just make sure to include Nick in everything we do,” she said. “I say good morning and I sing a song to Elvis and I say, ‘Good morning, good morning, good morning to you. Good morning to Elvis. Good morning to Mama. Good morning to Dada.’ We kiss Dada good night every night. We listen to Nick’s music. I tell him that Dada visits him in his dreams.
“I just always include Nick in everything we do. I just don’t want his memory to die. And I know that Elvis one day will be able to read this book and know his father’s true story, which I’m so grateful for.”