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Patrick Swayze's Widow Speaks

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As we previously mentioned, Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, spoke at a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference in Long Beach on Tuesday.

Equipped with incredible strength, Lisa described loss as "an animal all of its own" and that her sadness could be felt "on a cellular level."

And considering they were married for 34 years, we are amazed and applaud her for being ready to talk only six weeks after his passing. It must have been cathartic for her!

"When the grief takes you, it's like your body is not your own," she said of her process. "I'm just going with the flow. I know I have to go through it."

But, it's her closest friends that have helped her in the most difficult times!

"I have a few girlfriends that are just amazing. They have made themselves available to me 24/7. They say, 'We don't care if it's 2 in the morning, call me'," said Niemi. "I was in the middle of a full-blown panic attack one evening … and I picked up the phone and called one, which is really hard for me to do because I'm used to being so self-sufficient and taking care of myself, but the very act of picking the phone up to call someone helped to calm me."

And she refuses to lose hope!

"I've spent two thirds of my life with him … My regret is that I didn't tell him that I loved him enough over that entire 34 years," she continued as her voice began to shake. "I am so grateful for what I had and my connection to him, and part of me believes that I will see him again and I'm just going to have to go on until then."


Stay strong, bb!

[Image via WENN.]

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Patrick Swayze's Widow To Appear At Women's Conference

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It's only been six weeks since the passing of the beloved actor and dancer Patrick Swayze. And though we are sure his wife, Lisa Niemi, is still grieving, she has decided to do something very special to help others like herself.

Lisa is slated to appear at the Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA, next Tuesday to participate in a round-table discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience.

She will be joined on the panel by Elizabeth Edwards and Susan St. James, both of whom suffered the loss of children in accidents and host Maria Shriver, who just this past summer lost her mother Eunice Shriver and uncle Ted Kennedy.

We're sure it will be an emotional yet uplifting event for all.

[Image via WENN.]

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Glee In Real Life!

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The completely adorable Matthew Morrison of Glee was spotted out singing karaoke in a sushi bar in Hawaii over the weekend.

He was there with a couple friends and his Hawaiian girlfriend, dedicating his performance to the late Patrick Swayze.


Thanks to Perezcious reader Courtney for the pics!

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Remembering Patrick Swayze

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Friends and family gathered for a private memorial service honoring the life of Patrick Swayze in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Guests entering the Sony Studios lot where the service was held, were greeted by a Patrick's white horse, with boots in the stir-ups facing backwards. A source reveals that it is an "old horseman tradition."

Then, the several hundred attendees, which included Ghost co-star Whoopi Goldberg, were able to few many photos of Patrick, a video tribute to his life, and an "amazing" dancing tribute by professional dancers.

Sounds like a wonderful way to honor a wonderful man.

[Image via WENN.]

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A Swayze Memorial/Benefit - This Weekend!

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This Sunday, a private memorial will be held for the late Patrick Swayze.

The benefit will take place at Sony Studios in Culver City, California.

Donations will be made to either "Stanford University: The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund" or to "Stand Up to Cancer".

Hopefully a lot of donations will be made.

Every dollar helps!

[Image via WENN.]

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Patrick Swayze: In His Own Words

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In his soon-to-be released memoir, Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze details his love of acting, his legacy and the "anger, bitterness and despair" he felt during his fight to survive.

The late actor wrote:

On his diagnosis:
"When my doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles said the words 'pancreatic cancer,' a single thought popped into my head: I'm a dead man. Now, a lot of things go through your head when you get a death sentence handed to you, starting with: 'Why me?' It's hard not to sink into bitterness … For me, that initial shock quickly turned into self-criticism and blame."

On his struggle:
"I was not ready to go, and I'd be damned if this disease was going to take me before I was good and ready. So I said to my doctor, 'Show me where the enemy is and I'll fight him.'" It was "the most challenging, eye-opening battle I've ever had."

On his famous pottery foray in Ghost:
"We really made up the scene as we went along. It was pretty sexy playing in all that clay, so all we had to do was go with it … She was very warm, much warmer than she'd been in the other scenes we'd been in together."

On what he'd leave behind:
"Whenever someone asks me what my legacy is, I say the same thing. I'm not finished yet."

So sad.

So brave.

[Image via WENN.]

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A Dancing Tribute To Patrick Swayze

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In case you missed it…..

Watch the dancers of Dancing With the Stars pay special tribute to an amazing actor and dancer, Patrick Swayze, from last night's show (above).

Quite touching!

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