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Emma Heming Willis reveals how she copes with 'paralyzing grief' amid her husband Bruce Willis' aphasia battle

On the occasion of National Grief Day, Emma said stepdaughter Scout Willis had told her 'grief is the deepest and purest form of love'
UPDATED AUG 31, 2022
Emma Heming Willis shares how 'self-discovery' helps her cope amid her husband Bruce Willis' battle with aphasia (Instagram/@emmahemingwillis)
Emma Heming Willis shares how 'self-discovery' helps her cope amid her husband Bruce Willis' battle with aphasia (Instagram/@emmahemingwillis)

Emma Heming Wills recently revealed how she manages to cope with "paralyzing grief" following her husband Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis. The ‘Die Hard’ actor recently announced his retirement from acting following his diagnosis with the disease. His wife and ex-wife Demi Moore, 59, and five daughters issued a joint statement on March 30 announcing his aphasia diagnosis.

The model, 44, took to her Instagram handle to share a clip on the occasion of National Grief Awareness Day, discussing her "paralyzing grief" and the word of wisdom shared by her stepdaughter Scout Willis, 31. "This was the summer of self-discovery — finding new hobbies, going out of my comfort zone, and staying active," Emma wrote in her post.


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"My grief can be paralyzing but I’m learning how to live alongside it," Emma added. The actress, who exchanged vows with Bruce in 2009, also shared her stepdaughter's words of wisdom. "As my step-daughter @scoutlaruewillis told me, grief is the deepest and purest form of love. I hope you find some comfort in that too," she wrote, wrapping up her post. She also added three hashtags '#nationalgriefawarenessday #griefawareness #liveitup.'

With the short clip featuring aesthetically pleasing montages, Emma revealed she tries to cope with grief by staying active, stepping out of her comfort zone, and discovering new hobbies. The video shared by her captures her performing various tasks including repairing the fence, painting a table, and operating an electric saw. She also can be seen working on her fitness by playing tennis and doing a guided boxing routine. At another point in the video, she was seen spending time with one of her and Bruce's daughters.


Earlier this year, Emma revealed that the diagnosis of her husband has broken her heart and she has been battling mental issues. "I put my family’s needs above my own, which I found does not make me any kind of hero," adding, "That amount of care for everyone else within my household had taken a toll on my mental health and overall health, and it served no one in my family." Emma said during an interview with The Bump.


Emma, alongside Moore and their kids, issued a joint statement via Instagram on March 30 announcing Bruce's aphasia diagnosis. They said that the Hollywood icon "has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities." The announcement also included news of Bruce’s retirement from acting.

Bruce and Emma have a lot of love for each other. The couple tied the knot back in 2009 and have since been sharing happy moments from their life together as a loving couple. In addition to supporting each other at various events, the couple also has two children together, Mabel Ray, born in April 2012, and Evelyn Penn, born in May 2014. Heming Willis is also stepmother to the actor's three daughters with ex-wife Moore.