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Shannen Doherty Is Preparing For Death By Downsizing -- So Her Mother Isn't Overwhelmed When She Passes

Shannen Doherty Reveals Major Moves To Downsize & Let Go Of Prized Possessions Amid Tough Cancer Battle

Shannen Doherty is letting go of a lot of her possessions as she continues to fight breast cancer.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum explained that she has been up to quite a bit recently so as to make for what she called an “easier transition” for her mom Rosa after she dies. For the TV veteran, that means letting go of a lot of her possessions that she doesn’t need anymore as she continues to fight her health battles. And in turn, she wants to work hard to make memories with her mom and other loved ones instead.

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Doherty revealed all this on Monday’s episode of her podcast Let’s Be Clear. While discussing her breast cancer battle, the Charmed alum explained that she wants her momma to have less to do and less to worry about whenever death does come:

“My priority at the moment is my mom. I know it’s going to be hard on her if I pass away before her. Because it’s going to be so hard on her, I want other things to be a lot easier. I don’t want her to have a bunch of stuff to deal with. I don’t want her to have four storage units filled with furniture.”

The 52-year-old explained that she has started to go through all of her belongings amid this newfound motivation to sell or donate old items. That, she said, will lessen the burden on her momma whenever she does sadly pass. So sad to think about, and to talk about so openly…

In addition, Doherty is giving up on one of her dreams — to open up a property to foster old, broken down, and neglected horses in Tennessee. She explained:

“So, we were in Tennessee and I was packing up one of the places there. It was really hard and really emotional because to a certain extent — I felt like I was giving up on this dream of building this property out, and putting a house for me and a house for my mom and then extending the barn.”

Even though building out a horse sanctuary in the future was “one of my dreams,” according to Doherty, she began to quickly realize that things were going to be pretty difficult with that project. She explained that her mom first tried to encourage her to keep it going despite the hardship:

“I was packing up and I started crying … I felt like I was giving up on a dream and what did that mean for me? Did it mean that I was giving up on life? Did it mean that I was throwing in the towel? And my mom was there and she was like, ‘don’t get rid of this place, it’s fine. You don’t have to and you can keep going.’ I said, ‘Yeah, absolutely I can.'”

But then, a week later, Doherty popped back up in Tennessee and decided to pack all her things in a U-haul truck and return to California. She noted that an epiphany came to her — about how renovating the property would be a very costly and “stupid idea.” So, she realized letting go was the right thing to do:

“I can still live my dream of helping horses. I can still live that dream by really participating in rescues that are far more capable of me doing it.”

Not a bad point! Charities are already established for things like that. And in downsizing in this way, and selling off her assets on that aborted Tennessee project, Doherty can focus her time, money, and energy on making memories with her mom and other people who she loves:

“It allows me to take more trips because I’m making money, I’m selling it. Then I get to build different memories and I build memories with the people that I love. I get to take my mom on vacations because I have all this extra play money lying around and I’m not digging into the money that’s in my estate that’s going to make sure that everybody in my life is taken care of once I’m dead.”

Well said!

It’s so sad to think about and openly discuss the end like this. And we can’t even imagine what Shannen has gone through mentally on this journey ever since first being diagnosed way back in 2015. But we are heartened to hear how she is navigating these difficult moments with her mom and loved ones in mind, all the same. Sending love and light!!

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Apr 02, 2024 08:53am PDT