People.com Celebrity Kelly Preston Says It's 'Too Soon' to Speak About Losing Her Son She pulls out of Maria Shriver's upcoming conference because she's still "in the process of healing" By Julie Jordan Julie Jordan Instagram Twitter Julie Jordan is an Editor at Large for PEOPLE. She has been with the brand for 25 years, holding various roles in the Los Angeles Bureau including Associate Bureau Chief. In 2006, she relocated to the Midwest where she continues to cover all things entertainment and Hollywood, including celebrity covers, features and specials such as Sexiest Man Alive and the Beautiful Issue.Prior to joining PEOPLE, Jordan freelanced for magazines such as SOUTHERN LIVING and graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. She is well-versed in what it takes to be the Sexiest Man Alive (having interviewed 11 of them for their cover stories) and considers shooting a confetti cannon on-stage alongside Garth Brooks during his performance of "Friends in Low Places" a career highlight. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 28, 2009 06:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Plans for actress Kelly Preston to break her silence about losing her 16-year-old son, Jett, have been put on hold, PEOPLE has learned exclusively. The actress, who is married to John Travolta, had agreed to speak at the California Governor’s Conference for Women hosted by Maria Shriver in October on a panel titled “Grief & Resilience” following Jett’s sudden death this January. “It is with my sincere apologies that I must pull out from speaking at [the] conference. I am sorry, but I truly believed that I could do it,” Preston tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Otherwise I never would have said that I could. But I am still deeply in the process of healing, and it’s just too soon.” Shriver, who just lost her 88-year-old mother, Eunice Kennedy, on Aug. 11, and her uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Wednesday, completely understands Preston’s position. “I know how hard it was for Kelly to make this decision and she has my complete support and understanding. Everyone has their own path to healing and their own timetable for grieving,” says Shriver in a statement. “Kelly’s presence at The Women’s Conference will be missed, but the main stage conversation on grief and resilience with Elizabeth Edwards, Susan Saint James and myself will continue as planned. Having just lost my own mother and my uncle, I believe it’s an important and meaningful subject because loss and grief will touch everyone at some point in their lives.” The Conference for Women will be held Oct. 26-27 in Long Beach.