Friday, July 20 marks one year to the day that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington tragically took his own life, and the late singer’s wife and children are still feeling the loss.
Speaking to Los Angeles’ Fox 11, Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington, opens up about how she and her children are doing one year later.
“It was my mission to not let this mistake ruin my children,” she says, “I was determined not to let that happen.”
Admitting the past year has been a difficult one, Talinda continues to put the focus on her children so they can attain clarity about their father’s death, explaining to them that “daddy died because his brain was sick.”
Not only does she encourage her kids to talk about their father, she revealed they also talk to him, using one of his microphones.
“I just kind of tell him how my day is going, and then I’ll ask him to come into my dreams. My dog recently passed away, so I’ll ask him to bring my dog,” Tyler, Bennington’s 12-year-old son, explains. Adds Talinda: “They are allowed to speak into it when they want to feel close to him.”
In fact, Talinda says that sometimes her late husband’s microphone feels electric. “You pick it up and you can feel the tingling in your hands,” she adds.
Meanwhile, Talinda hopes that husband’s death can shine a spotlight on mental health issues and hopefully prevent further suicides.
“If you don’t take care of your mental health you will get sick, and that can cause you to do irrational things,” she says.
You can watch the entire interview in the video below.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.