Natasha Richardson Update: How Liam Neeson is Coping

Natasha Richardson Update: How Liam Neeson is Coping-photo

After nine life-changing days, Liam Neeson is preparing for life after losing wife Natasha Richardson.

News of her fall at a Canadian ski resort, followed by 48 hours of harrowing medical transfers and condition updates, grabbed headlines worldwide leading up to the announcement of Richardson's death—just one week ago today.

We've seen images of her famous grieving family, led by the iconic Vanessa Redgrave and her strong white suit. Today attention turns to Richardson's husband as he readies himself and their two boys for life without their mother.

"Liam is doing okay," family friend Blaine Trump tells People magazine.

"It takes a while to absorb this. But he says the family needs to move forward. They will take it one step at a time."

That first step for Neeson is returning to work. He'll head back to Montreal, just over 80 miles from the site of Richardson's accident, to finish work on Chloe.

The thriller costars Julianne Moore and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried, and centers around a suspicious doctor's wife who hires a call girl to seduce her husband.

Michael, 13, and Daniel, 12, are expected to return to school.

"With good friends by their side, they will get through the tough days ahead."

Famous friends attended services for the actress, which included a wake the Irish American Society of New York, a dimming of Broadway lights and her formal burial in upstate New York.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Laura Linney, Uma Thurman, Holly Hunter, Ethan Hawke and Meryl Streep paid their respects at the various gatherings.



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  • Shelia

    Ailson--I just saw the comments above and agree with you 100% about the intrusion into this beautiful family's private grief. What one wears to a funeral is of one's choice--I have lost a brother (he was 26) suddenly in an auto accident-my family and I chose to wear a bit of black and white-not only to grieve but to show that we also wanted to celebrate his life. I recently passed through the Millbrook/Lithgow area and visited Natasha's grave--I cried as her death has profoundly affected me-maybe because of the death of my own brother or maybe because I am a mother (just 2 years older than Natasha) with a 12 year old son. I wish them all the best in trying to get some normal aspect back to their lives. My heart goes out to all of the family and to all of Natasha's and Liam's friends--there has been a hole left in their hearts-may you all know that though the world watched--there were some of us who mourned right along wtih you. Stay strong and lean on God for all the support you will ever need. Shelia

  • Michele

    Alison...Of course....just wanted you to know that we were of the same mind as you....I just read the story of the little girl whose parents recognized her symptoms based on the news reports of Natasha....She received treatment and was saved. This tragedy is going to give a gift of life even beyond the organ donations. Take care....M

  • alisonwalker

    Shanna and Michele, I am so sorry. I jumped at the comment because all we've been dealing with the last few days are complete strangers, none present at the hospital, at the wake, at the house, or at the funeral - and goodness knows not with the family after the cameras left - who are judging Daniel and Michael, Liam and Vanessa, and other family and friends, based on their facial expressions, body language, or clothing. I don't even know why I punish myself reading the comments except perhaps I want to somehow be more informed to help soften the blows. I am glad that I took the time to come back here to see if my comments were posted. It is heartening to know that you both care and that you realize the importance of Nastasha's final gift of life to so many others. Even in death she is still shining bright. Sorry again, please forgive.

  • michele

    Michele,Just look at them! Shanna...they were, and are, a truly beautiful couple..I'm so glad her organs were donated. It seems another post on here misunderstood your message to me...and thought perhaps you were commenting on other photos....It was a tad harsh but we need to forgive her as it seems she cares as much as we do.....

  • alisonwalker

    Look at what? Are you one of those people who are wondering why Liam waved, why it seemed as thought Michael and Daniel were smirking or smiling? Did you wonder why Vanessa was wearing white? First of all, consider this: The Redgrave's are English, Liam is Irish, and every person suffering a tremendous tragedy react differently. The only difference is most of us don't have to do it in front of dozens of clicking cameras. I personally think Liam and the family were smart to allow a couple of photos (meant specifically for those of us who truly care how they're doing) to keep the photographers in their place away from the church. Of course you weren't privy to the service inside the church or the tent. One has only to look at the photo of Liam and Vanessa leaving the cemetery to view the absolute grief on both of their faces. Pray for this family and for the rest of us who love them and Nastasha. The grief is truly there and I'm sorry you didn't get more of a show.

  • Shanna

    Michele, Just look at them!