One year after Benjamin Keough passed away, his sister, Riley Keough, is opening up about missing him.
Recently, the 32-year-old actress shared a throwback photo of her and her late brother smiling together. She also shared that it was the last time she saw him. A week later, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot at just 27.
“A year ago this morning was the last time I got to see you,” Keough wrote in the Instagram story. “I didn’t hug you properly because I thought you had COVID. I wish I’d hugged you properly, I miss you every day.”
Keough, who stars in the new film, Zola, has recently described mourning her brother. She told InStyle that she’s “really consciously trying to be present, and not use anything as any kind of escape, and be cognizant of when I’m doing that.”
“I’m just generally trying to be grateful for everything at the moment, trying to operate in love, and keep my heart open, and give and receive love,” she said.
“And not in a woo-woo way, because I definitely have hard days, and all kinds of pain and suffering and all that.
She continued: “But I think when you realize that’s part of it, and your expectation isn’t to just be feeling joy, that’s been a real shift for me in finding those moments and things to smile about.”
Riley Keough’s Journey To Becoming A Death Doula
Keough, Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, revealed in March that she had become a death doula. A death doula is a person who assists in the dying process. After her training, she said she “felt like writing such a deep thank you to this community” that is teaching and training people “in conscious dying and death work.”
“We are taught that it’s a morbid subject to talk about. Or we’re so afraid of it that we’re unable to talk about it. Then of course it happens to us, and we are very ill-prepared,” she wrote.
“I think it’s so important to be educated on conscious dying and death the way we educate ourselves on birth and conscious birthing. We prepare ourselves so rigorously for the entrance and have no preparation for our exit,” she said about educating the public about the idea of death.
Riley and Benjamin Keough are also the children of Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. Presley and Keough were married from October 1988 to May 1994. In July 2020, Benjamin passed away with an autopsy report finding that he died from suicide in his Calabasas, Calif.
The autopsy also noted that he had a history of depression and had attempted suicide months before taking his life. In the months after his passing, Riley Keough has shared several heartfelt posts for her brother.