How to Cope With Losing a Spouse
- Real Housewives star NeNe Leakes is “absolutely open” to the idea of marriage again following the death of her husband, Gregg Leakes, last year.
- In December, NeNe confirmed she is dating fashion designer Nyonisela Sioh. Now, a source is telling People that she is “absolutely open to marriage again.” (Gregg gave NeNe his “blessing” to date other people before he died.)
- The grieving and recovery process after losing a loved one to cancer, especially a partner, is definitely not a “one-and-done” process, many members of the SurvivorNet community have told us.
In December 2021, NeNe, 54, confirmed in an interview with The Shade Room that she is dating fashion designer Nyonisela Sioh. Now, a source is telling People that amid NeNe’s new romance, she is “absolutely open to marriage again.”Read More
It was reported that Gregg gave NeNe his “blessing” to date other people before he died from colon cancer over the summer at age 66.
“I will love Gregg forever & ever! Grieving is hard! Even harder & depressing alone,” NeNe Leakes tells The Shade Room. “Gregg and I had a very tearful conversation before his passing. His words to me were, ‘Be happy, keep smiling and he who finds you, has found a good one.’”
Gregg Leakes’ Cancer Battle
Gregg was first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2018; he was hospitalized for close to three weeks.
NeNe Leakes shared the news of his hospitalization on Instagram and later revealed it was cancer when she posted a photo of her husband at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Soon after, things seemed to be going well for Gregg, who, thanks to an aggressive treatment plan, was able to appear alongside his wife on The Wendy Williams Show in September 2019; it was on the show that he announced he was cancer-free.
His condition took a turn, however, and in June of last year, NeNe shared the news that Gregg had been diagnosed with the disease for a second time.
He ultimately passed on Sept. 1, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with the disease.
NeNe Leakes Finds Romance After Losing Spouse to Cancer; How to Cope
The grieving and recovery process after losing a loved one to cancer, especially a partner, is definitely not a “one-and-done” process, many members of the SurvivorNet community have told us.
In contrast to NeNe Leakes, one widower even told us that the idea of “moving on” is not realistic, or even desired.
“I don’t even think I want to move on,” Doug Wendt, who lost his wife of 25 years to ovarian cancer, tells SurvivorNet during a previous interview. “But I do want to move forward, and that’s an important distinction. I encourage anyone who goes through this journey as a caregiver who then has to face loss to think very carefully about how to move forward.”
The point is that moving on and dealing with grief is different for everyone; how NeNe Leakes is dealing with the grief of losing Gregg is different than Doug’s, and that is OK.
The support system NeNe has around has made it easier for her to carry on.
“She’s been leaning heavily on her girlfriends these last few months and when she’s not with Nyonisela, she’s with them whether it’s in Atlanta or other places,” the inside source tells People. “She really hasn’t been alone much.”
Having a solid support system when going through this kind of loss is vitally important, and the fact that Gregg gave her his blessing to date other people before his death allowed NeNe Leakes some closure and to move on in her relationship with Sioh.