Melissa Etheridge opens up about son’s death and what she’s doing to honor him

The singer-songwriter spoke out for the first time since Beckett Etheridge’s death and shared how music is helping her heal.
5:48 | 07/14/20

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Transcript for Melissa Etheridge opens up about son’s death and what she’s doing to honor him
It is time now for our "Gma" cover story. With grammy winning singer, songwriter and activist Melissa Etheridge, we're hearing from her for the very first time about the tragic loss of her beloved son, Beckett. How she's using music to heal plus the connecting with fans during this very difficult time. Time does heal. It's only been a couple of months but I've been very busy and made myself busy. You go one day at a time and you get through the grief and you get to the healing. It's a long and tough journey ahead for singer Melissa Etheridge who lost her 21-year-old son Beckett to opioid addiction just two months ago. With strength and resilience she's taking it day by day. So many people have reached out to you with their love and their support and their understanding and you've taken your time to speak. What is it about this moment that you're able to come forward and what is it that you want to share? I wanted to come back to the world and say, thank you for your thoughts and your prayers and your feelings and your sending of love to me and my family and I would like to walk this walk now of what's next, which is helping. Melissa now turning her message into a mission with a foundation to honor Beckett's life and support research into drug addiction. In the U.S. More than 130 people die from opioid-related drug overdoses every day. We have the Etheridge foundation which I'm very intense about raising funds for research into what we can do with this disease, this scourge that takes so many of our young people. Can you just kind of describe for folks who are going through this, what is it like as a mother to watch a child struggle as your son did? There's just no answer to it. There's no one thing to do that's going to feel right because it's all wrong because you know your child is he loved to snowboard and that's where he broke his ankle and that's what started the whole downward spiral of this, you know, of painkillers. You do everything you can because you're a parent. You know, you think what could I have done? Could I have done more and there has to be a place where you think, of course, I did everything I could. I loved him. I loved him. I loved him and there's just a place where you have to start loving yourself. You are my sunshine my only sunshine You said being in the studio has helped you in the healing process. What is it about music? What is it that so many of us, it just feeds our soil? We draw some comfort from. What is it about it for you? I tell you, robin, there is something about singing, there's something about opening the soul, it's got me through everything. So many people throughout my life have said, your music gets me through this. Your music got me through that and I now am using my music to get me through this. Come to my window crawl inside way by the light of the moon Reporter: Recently Melissa launchedette Rick TV which features live concerts and chat shows for her makeshift garage studio. It's a way to connect with people and it's, of course, healing for me, but mostly to connect with my fans and, you know, because all over people are -- we're still isolated and it's starting to get hard on us. It's one thing that I think really contributed to Beckett's passing is that he had nowhere to go. He had -- he couldn't get on his skateboard and go to the skateboard park. They were closing those. He was -- so there's people who are still suffering and I want to give them relief. Which one of your songs' lyrics in particular has helped you gain strength during this time? There's a song I wrote, actually after my father passed back in the '90s, you know, I wrote a song called "Talking to my angel." So don't be afraid close your eyes That was about connecting to those who have passed to the nonphysical, you know, and I've been talking to my angel and he says that it's all right. It's a way of self-soothing that I can draw on. It's gonna be all right Melissa had so much more to say. She is a beautiful soul and you can see my full interview with Melissa on my Facebook page. We also want you to know if you're one of millions of Americans struggling with a substance use or disorder, help is always available so we please hope you will Ville or dial 1-800-662-help. Amy. Yeah, robin, how beautiful that Melissa opened up like that to you. What a powerful interview that will help so many. Thank you for that. I hope so.

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