CNN's Brianna Keilar on Grieving Her 61-Year-Old Mother's Death During an Election Cycle
Brianna Keilar's mother died suddenly while she was on the road to cover the 2016 presidential election
Keilar, 36, found out that her mother was ill just 24 hours before her mom’s death, which happened to be when she was traveling to Kentucky the evening before the state’s presidential primary.
“As we drive to the airport I Google ‘acute leukemia,’ ” wrote Keilar. “There are two major kinds and her chances of surviving either are not good. I steel myself for her long cancer battle.”
She continued, “I thought the hardest thing I would deal with in 2016 was covering the election. It was a reasonable assumption. I have no idea that by noon tomorrow she will be gone.”
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In between time on screen, Keilar was planning a cremation and a memorial service while discovering her family’s new life without their matriarch.
“My mom was the rock of our family,” shared Keilar in a video that accompanied the essay. “She was 61 when she died.”
Added Keilar, “She was so much a part of our lives that I feel her all the time. It’s like she’s just there with me.”