Lisa Marie Presley was ‘at peace’ when she visited Graceland days before her death, says friend David Kessler
A bereavement counselor Lisa Marie Presley wanted after the death of her son speaks about the late star’s desire to become an advocate for those who are also grieving.
David Kessler, grief and loss specialist and founder of grief.comalso experienced the sudden death of a grown son and their shared tragedies became a shared bond – and ultimately, an inspiring catalyst for Lisa Marie to strive to help others as well.
Calling her a “loyal daughter and devoted mother,” Kessler revealed in her tribute to the late star of instagram Friday, that “the loss of her son inspired her to work to become an advocate for those struggling with the grief of grief.”
He added: “She had her challenges, but she always rose to them. She was part of my grief education program and many who met her and spoke with her had no idea who she was. was. For them, it was a mother, whose son was dead and wanted to turn his pain into purpose.”
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“His family, love of music, maintaining his father’s legacy and helping others became his top priorities,” Kessler noted, saying the two even considered starting a podcast together.
Kessler, additionally, shared details of the 54-year-old’s final days, including her recent trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to celebrate what would be her late father’s 88th birthday at Graceland with fans.
“Last weekend was so much fun and she was upbeat,” he said, explaining that he accompanied her to the celebration.
“Graceland was her happy place and the employees who all knew her shared that she looked so much better. She looked more at peace and was so proud of the Elvis film.”
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“Saturday evening we sat at the graves of her father and son. We talked about the grief she grew up with and the more recent devastation of her son’s death.
“She showed me where she would be buried one day. I said in a long time…and she said yes, I have so much to do.”
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On Thursday, Lisa Marie was rushed to hospital and died later that night. His mother Priscilla Presley said in a statement to PEOPLE, “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us.”
Priscilla continued, “She was the most passionate, strong and loving woman I have ever known. We ask for confidentiality as we try to come to terms with this profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers. At this time, there will be no further comment.”