The Kardashians are a tight-knit family, and when they lose a member, it’s hard on all of them. Khloe Kardashian does the best she can to keep her father’s memory alive and be sure that her daughter, True, knows who her grandfather was. Although she does this in a way that some may consider a little strange, for them and many others, it’s the perfect way to keep Robert Kardashian’s memory alive. There’s no doubt that True will be thankful when she’s older. Here’s the unique way Kardashian keeps her father’s memory alive.
Robert Kardashian passed before True was born
The patriarch of the Kardashian family, Robert Kardashian, earned his fortune as a successful lawyer for the Hollywood elite. In the 90s, he gained fame as a member of O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers that defended him in the infamous murder trial.
Eight years after the trial of the century, Kardashian was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It’s quick-moving cancer, and so he didn’t suffer long after his diagnosis. He passed away on September 30, 2003, before any of his grandchildren were born.
His death shocked, and hurt the entire Kardashian family, even his ex-wife Kris Jenner, although they had been divorced for years. In an interview on Beyond Candid With Giuliana!, Jenner admitted: “I never in a million years thought that would happen to him.”
Khloe Kardashian keeps her father’s memory alive for daughter True.
In a recent episode of Khloe Kardashian’s show, Revenge Body, she sat down with two sisters who were dealing with the emotional turmoil of losing their father at a young age. It turns out, their father suffered from esophageal cancer — the same type of cancer that Kardashian’s father had died of when she was 19 years old.
One of the sisters admitted to speaking with her father’s spirit regularly. Kardashian nodded and shared that she does the same with her father. “I still talk to my dad all the time, every night,” she said. “Me and my daughter, we pray to him, we talk to him, so I’m a big believer of that.”
Speaking with a deceased loved one is not as strange as it may sound. It may actually help those suffering from grief accept the situation, and move past it with dignity. According to grief counselor, Dr. Louis Lagrand of Selfgrowth.com, talking with someone who has died is a common coping strategy, and it allows those suffering from grief an emotional release and inner peace.
In Kardashian’s situation, she has the added benefit of keeping her father’s memory alive for her daughter. True was never able to meet her grandfather, so through these evening discussions with her mother, True is not only learning about who her grandfather was, but also an important lesson about how to handle the loss of a loved one in a healthy manner.
Robert Kardashian lives on through his family
Robert Kardashian’s memory lives on in the hearts of his family, but also through his son, Rob, who’s named after him. In fact, Kardashian lives on in many ways through his son. In a since-deleted Instagram post after Rob’s daughter, Dream, was born, Rob thanked his father for sending him an angel, and claimed his daughter was the spitting image of her grandfather. He captioned the photo: “She’s an exact copy. Pops sent us an angel. It’s truly a blessing. He’s happier than anyone on this day. I’m so happy and thankful!”
And that’s not the only way Robert Kardashian’s memory lives on. After his death, the Kardashians partnered with UCLA to open the UCLA Robert G Kardashian Center for Esophageal Health. The center will provide resources for research, patient care, and education in esophageal health.
There’s no doubt that his memory will live on through his family, and especially through his granddaughter, True, because of Khloe Kardashian’s efforts during their evening talks. True actually has several connections to her ancestors. She’s named after her other grandfather, on Jenner’s side of the family. In an Instagram post, Jenner wrote: “I’m so excited to welcome my precious little granddaughter True!!! FUN FACT… my Grandfather’s name on my Dad’s side was True Otis Houghton….my Dad’s name was Robert True Houghton…so I am so excited Khloe named her daughter True!!!”
The Kardashian’s are a very loving family, and their patriarch will live on through them for many years to come.