Lisa Marie Presley says she chooses to stay alive for her 3 daughters after son Benjamin’s suicide

Lisa Marie Presley revealed that she make a conscious choice every single day to stay alive for her three daughters two years after her only son Benjamin Storm Keough’s suicide.

The 54-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley mothered Benjamin and 33-year-old daughter Riley from her first marriage to musician Danny Keough, which ended in 1994 after five years of marriage.

Lisa is also mother to 13-year-old fraternal twin daughters Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love from her fourth marriage to Michael Lockwood, and their divorce was finalized last year after a decade of marriage.

‘I keep going for my girls’: Lisa Marie Presley (bottom) revealed that she make a conscious choice every single day to stay alive for her three daughters two years after her only son Benjamin Storm Keough’s suicide (pictured in 2021)

‘It’s a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least,’ Presley wrote in a People essay in honor of National Grief Awareness Day on Tuesday.

‘But I keep going for my girls. I keep going because my son made it very clear in his final moments that taking care of his little sisters and looking out for them were on the forefront of his concerns and his mind. He absolutely adored them and they him. My and my three daughters’ lives as we knew it were completely detonated and destroyed by his death. We live in this every. Single. Day.’

The Memphis-born heiress’ 27-year-old son died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family’s $1.8M Calabasas home after an argument with his girlfriend of three years, Diana Pinto.

Benjamin – who had cocaine and alcohol in his system – attempted to take his life six months earlier and he had been to rehab four times but never completed his recovery.’

The 54-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley wrote in a People essay in honor of National Grief Awareness Day on Tuesday: 'It's a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least' (pictured in 2015)

The 54-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley wrote in a People essay in honor of National Grief Awareness Day on Tuesday: ‘It’s a real choice to keep going, one that I have to make every single day and one that is constantly challenging to say the least’ (pictured in 2015)

‘Today is “National Grief Awareness Day,” and since I have been living in the horrific reality of its unrelenting grips since my son’s death two years ago, I thought I would share a few things to be aware of in regard to grief for anyone who is interested. If not to help yourself but maybe to help another who is grieving,’ Lisa wrote.

Presley added it’s not a ‘comfortable subject’ to talk about and can be hard to confront, though she added if any ‘progress’ is to be made, it has to be talked about.

‘I’m sharing my thoughts in the hopes that somehow, we can change that,’ the Where No One Stands Alone singer added, before stating the one fact she has come to learn.

‘Grief does not stop or go away in any sense, a year, or years after the loss. Grief is something you will have to carry with you for the rest of your life, in spite of what certain people or our culture wants us to believe. You do not “get over it,” you do not “move on,” period,’ Lisa revealed.

'My and my three daughters' lives were completely detonated and destroyed by his death': Lisa's 27-year-old son (pictured in 2018) died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family's $1.8M Calabasas home after an argument with his girlfriend of three years, Diana Pinto

‘My and my three daughters’ lives were completely detonated and destroyed by his death’: Lisa’s 27-year-old son (pictured in 2018) died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the family’s $1.8M Calabasas home after an argument with his girlfriend of three years, Diana Pinto

Presley added that grievance is, ‘incredibly lonely’ and while people show their support in ‘the heat of the moment,’ they soon go back to their own lives, ‘and expect you to do the same.’

The ex-Scientologist added: ‘If you’re incredibly lucky, less than a handful will remain in contact with you after the first month or so. Unfortunately, that is a cold hard truth for most.

‘So, if you know someone who lost a loved one, regardless of how long it’s been, please call them to see how they are doing. Go visit them, they will really really appreciate it, more than you know…’

The third fact Lisa acknowledged is that, if the loss was, ‘premature, unnatural, or tragic, you will become a pariah in a sense.’

'He absolutely adored his sisters': Benjamin - who had cocaine and alcohol in his system - attempted to take his life six months earlier and he had been to rehab four times but never completed his recovery

‘He absolutely adored his sisters’: Benjamin – who had cocaine and alcohol in his system – attempted to take his life six months earlier and he had been to rehab four times but never completed his recovery

‘You can feel stigmatized and perhaps judged in some way as to why the tragic loss took place. This becomes magnetized by a million if you are the parent of a child who passed. No matter how old they were. No matter the circumstances,’ Presley said.

Lisa said she beats herself up over the loss every day and finding a support group with people who have been through the same ordeal has helped her.

‘Nothing, absolutely NOTHING takes away the pain, but finding support can sometimes help you feel a little bit less alone,’ Presley said.

She added that she’s dealt with loss and grievance since she was nine years old, when her father Elvis Presley passed away, adding her son Benjamin, ‘was so much like his grandfather on so many levels that he actually scared me.’

'Nothing takes away the pain': Presley mothered Benjamin and 33-year-old daughter Riley from her first marriage to musician Danny Keough, which ended in 1994 after five years of marriage

‘Nothing takes away the pain’: Presley mothered Benjamin and 33-year-old daughter Riley from her first marriage to musician Danny Keough, which ended in 1994 after five years of marriage

Lisa added that she shared all of this to raise awareness about grief and loss and she hopes her essay, ‘helps someone who is suffering as I and my children suffer.’

‘Ask them how they’re doing, ask them to talk about their person, yes! We DO want to talk about them. That’s how we keep them alive in our hearts, that’s how they don’t get forgotten, that is what keeps us alive as well.

‘And do me a favor, don’t tell them that “you can’t imagine” their bread. The truth is, oh yes you can, you just don’t want to,’ she said.

‘For help and info on what to say, visit Grief.com and show up. Written with all of my love and my pain, most sincerely ~LMP,’ she concluded.

For help and support in the US call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline on 988. If you are in the UK contact Samaritans on 116 123

Loss: She added that she's dealt with loss and grief since she was nine years old, when her father Elvis Presley passed away, adding her son Benjamin, 'was so much like his grandfather'

Loss: She added that she’s dealt with loss and grief since she was nine years old, when her father Elvis Presley passed away, adding her son Benjamin, ‘was so much like his grandfather’

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