Entertainment Music Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington's Widow Talinda Announces Engagement 2 Years After His Suicide "You CAN be happy again. You CAN have space in your heart for grief, joy, happiness, sadness, and love," Talinda wrote in her post Friday By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for nearly five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelors in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 7, 2019 12:25 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Chester Bennington‘s widow Talinda has found love after her devastating loss. The mental health activist, 42, announced in an Instagram post on Friday that she is engaged to a new man, a little over two years after the Linkin Park frontman died by suicide. Talinda used the exciting news as a reminder to her followers that it was okay to move on after losing a spouse and even said that Chester’s former bandmates — Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, and Rob Bourdon — have all welcomed her new fiancé with “open arms.” “Dear #Family, I am overjoyed to announce my engagement to my angel on earth, Michael F. I am here to tell you that you can find love after tragedy,” she wrote in the post. “That a death of a soulmate does not mean the death of you.” “My family, friends, and my Linkin Park brothers welcome him to the family with open arms.” Chester Bennington’s Widow Reflects on Linkin Park Frontman’s Suicide: ‘We Just Thought He Was OK’ Talinda — who helped launch mental health awareness organization, 320 Changes Direction — also made a point to note that moving on with a new man did not mean she would be forgetting about her late husband. “I will continue to honor Chester and continue my life’s mission to make his passing not in [vain],” she shared with her followers. “To all Suicide Loss Survivors, you CAN be happy again. You CAN have space in your heart for grief, joy, happiness, sadness, and love,” Talinda added. “Thank you ALL for your continued love and support.” Sticking by her word that Chester would remain an important part of her life, Talinda shared a video post on the same day of her engagement news about an upcoming meeting with the World Health Organization. In the caption of the post, Talinda used the hashtag “Make Chester Proud” — something she initially started after Chester’s death in hopes to spread his happy memories and positivity. Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images After sharing the exciting news, several of Talinda’s followers sent congratulatory messages, including Chester’s Linkin Park bandmate Shinoda. “I’ve already congratulated you both in person, but congrats again, ha! All our love and support!” he wrote in the comments section. Vicky Cornell, the widow of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (who also died by suicide), added: “Congratulations! Sending you all so much ❤️” Talinda has also kept her new relationship with Michael F. mostly private. Not much is known about him, but TMZ reports that he is a Los Angeles County firefighter. Lester Cohen/WireImage Chester Bennington’s Troubled History with Depression and Substance Abuse: In His Own Words On July 20, 2017, Chester was found dead in his Los Angeles home. The 41-year-old singer died of suicide by hanging, authorities confirmed to PEOPLE at the time. Talinda, who married Chester in 2006, is the mother of their son Tyler, 13, and twin daughters Lilly and Lila, 8. Chester also left behind children Jaime, 23, Isaiah, 21, and Draven, 17, from previous relationships. Since his passing, Talinda has devoted her life to raising awareness about mental health through her organization and connecting with Linkin Park fans on social media to remember Chester, often using the hashtag #MakeChesterProud. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).