Duane “Dog” Chapman, 66, is grieving for his wife Beth in the way that they lived, publicly talking about her last moments, releasing video footage of her dancing, and posting about their love. Beth may be gone, but Dog seems determined to preserve the spirit of their relationship and their very public lives.In keeping with Beth’s dedication to promoting their reality TV show, Dog also posted a promotional video for the upcoming “Dog the Bounty Hunter” special, which will air in honor of his wife.
A&E Airing ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ Marathon in Tribute to Beth Chapman https://t.co/1jYlaKt66i
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 27, 2019
The tribute idea resonated with fans who were already rewatching the show in honor of Beth’s death. “What beautiful honor to Beth, she will be forever missed and remembered Strength and love to your family I’ve been rewatching episodes all day, Beth really touched a lot of lives. Truly an angel ”
And the post received a swell of love for Dog and his family. “I’m so sorry, Dog. I met your sweet lady when she came to KFI Radio in Los Angeles to talk about her cancer. She was so real,” wrote one supporter.
Another talked about the pain of the loss, and offered the family any support they might need. “I was hoping to see this heart aches for you guys. As said before, if you need absolutely anything, even just an ear, my inbox is open.”
While one supporter related the story to her own spouse’s passing. “Dog I’m soooooo very sorry about Beth she was a inspiration to me and many more. i cant imagine what your going through but I know if my husband passed I’d be lost.were praying for you and the family.”
In a particularly touching post on Twitter, much in keeping with the openly loving way Dog and Beth always treated each other on social media, Dog wrote about his vision of what Beth would be doing if she hadn’t passed away. “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side,” he posted.
It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019
After the post, an outpouring of love and support from people who remember their lovey-dovey relationship flooded the comments. “What a heartbreak, was praying so hard for the whole family. May they all find peace,” wrote one supporter.
And supporters let him know that he and the entire family were in their thoughts and prayers. “Oh my God ! So sorry for your loss Dog! I will Pray for your family ! Beth is now rejoicing in the loving embrace of our Lord! Beth will be greatly missed by all!” said one supporter.
“Dwayne, brother I know Beth was your & your family’s Rock, but know and trust Our God is the foundation. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Love and peace,” said another.
And mentioned the role of God in the family’s recovery. “My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief and loss. My god heal your heart.”
And, in keeping with the responsive and open relationship the couple always had with their supporters, Dog answered a request from Beth lovers to see a side of Beth they’d never seen before by posting a video of Beth singing the Bruno Mars song “Perm” into a microphone and dancing at a restaurant. “People have asked me.. What is something fans do not know about Beth… Here you go ❤️,” he wrote alongside the video.
People have asked me.. What is something fans do not know about Beth… Here you go ❤️ @wgnamerica Marty Singer, Amy Weiss, Andrew Brettler @LelandBChapman @icEciLy @BabyLyssaC @dakotadog808 @Fast156 @theRealJaneBond pic.twitter.com/Om808KKV9k
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 27, 2019
The video was warmly received by viewers grateful to get a new glimpse into Beth’s life, “Thank you for sharing. May God be with you during your time of grief. Love and Hugs,” commented one.
“@DogBountyHunter this is priceless!!! Such a bubbly, but stern soul. Rest Easy Sweet Angel Beth. Heavens gained a beautiful soul,” said another.
Information about losing a spouse to cancer
A lot of the interviews we feature on SurvivorNet are with people who have actually taken on cancer, but what about those, like Dog, who have to watch someone they love take on the disease?
John Duberstein lost his wife, writer Nina Riggs, to metastatic triple negative breast cancer. He said in an interview that while he was watching her suffer from the disease, he couldn’t help but wish things could go back to normal … but Nina had already embraced her new normal.
John Duberstein talks about his experience while losing spouse to cancer
“I really wanted things to go back to normal, whatever that meant,” John said. “She was not for that. She wanted to embrace the existence that she had, even before she knew she was going to die imminently. I did not want to talk about what was going to happen with me after Nina died. Nina is the one that really brought it up, she brought it up a number of times. She wanted to make sure that I knew that it was OK … she really wanted me to have another relationship after she was gone.”
John said that even with the pain of losing Nina, and even though he didn’t want to talk about it at the time, he’s so glad that his wife started those seemingly uncomfortable conversations. “In retrospect, I can’t even explain how glad I am that I had that,” John said.