Oprah Winfrey opened up in an interview with People about the emotional last couple of days before her mother’s passing on Thanksgiving Day.
Winfrey knew her mother was dying but still took something positive out of it. “This is the beauty of my life,” she said. “There’s not a thing that happens to me, that I don’t look at it as a teaching, learning, experience. I knew my mother was dying.”
“I said, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to make it. Do you think you’re going to make it?’” Winfrey continued. “She said, ‘I don’t think I am.’ I had a conversation with her about what that felt like, what it felt like to be near the end.”
“I started telling all the people who cared about her that, ‘She knows it’s the end, so, if you want to say goodbye, you should come and say goodbye,’” Winfrey said.
“And that’s what happened. People would come in. She would tear up when she saw them. You could see the appreciation and love she felt for them. Then, I said to her, ‘What a wonderful thing to be able to say goodbye,’ because she’s completely coherent and perfectly understanding everything.”