"I have eternity with the family; I know it's not the end," says Meri

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February 27, 2015 02:45 PM

When it was announced that Kody Brown would divorce his first wife, Meri, for his youngest wife, Robyn, many immediately assumed the worst.

However, while the family clarified in a statement that they simply chose to “legally restructure” the family and that the decision was made as a unit, the Sister Wives stars remain emotional about the change.

In an exclusive clip of the Sister Wives Tell All special airing Sunday, Meri, 44, opens up about her “mixed emotions” following the decision.

“It’s an end of something that we had had, in a way, for 24-and-a-half years,” says Meri. “But at the same time, I know it’s not, because I have eternity with him; I have eternity with the family. I know it’s not the end.”

“It’s crazy to me because I was sitting there watching them sign those divorce papers, and I have signed divorce papers before, and it was because I didn’t want to be married anymore,” adds Robyn, 36, tearfully. “And then, watching these two – and I know they love each other – I’m like, ‘How do you compare these two? They’re not even the same thing.’ ”

Robyn has three children from a previous marriage – Dayton, 15, Aurora, 12, and Breanna, 9. While the Brown family has not confirmed that this is the case, it’s thought that Robyn’s legal marriage to Kody, 46, occurred so that Robyn’s children could have the same access to Kody’s insurance and benefits as the rest of the Brown children.

Kody’s two other wives, Janelle, 45, and Christine, 42, are also on board with the decision but have acknowledged the difficulty Meri has faced. “This is probably one of the most painful things I think Meri could have ever done,” says Janelle in the Tell All special.

The Sister Wives finale airs Sunday (8 p.m. ET), immediately followed by the Tell All special (9 p.m. ET) on TLC.

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