Amanda Kloots remembers the heartbreak she felt when her husband, Nick Cordero, died of COVID complications on July 5, 2000. She's now "reframed" his death and even celebrates it.
In a touching tribute to her late husband, "The Talk" host said she and 3-year-old son Elvis, think about Nick every day.
"Two years ago today Elvis and I said goodbye to Nick. It was the hardest day of my life. There hasn't been a day I haven't missed him. Nick was a presence. His smile and laugh lit up a room. He loved everyone and was a great friend to anyone that knew him," she wrote alongside a series of photos and videos of the Broadway star.
Amanda then retold a story of a dream her friend experienced involving Nick.
"Last year on this day my girlfriend told me about beautiful dream she had," she wrote. "We were all at a party and Nick was there looking happy and radiant. When she asked him why he was there he said, 'What do you mean? Today is my birthday. It's the one day I get to come back and celebrate with everyone I love.'"
The dream changed everything for Amanda and allowed her to think of July 5 differently. In her eyes, it's a day that should be celebrated.
"Hearing this completely changed my mood. He's celebrating today? He's happy? Birth and death have so many similarities," Amanda said. "I can't possibly know what's on the other side but he was sending me a clear message. I quickly reframed this day. July 5th is Nicks 'new birth' day instead of his death day. This idea brought a positive light to a otherwise dark day.
"I decided then that I will celebrate with him today and always on July 5th," she said.
Amanda's post was set to Justin Bieber's "Ghost." In ending her heartwarming Instagram message she stole a line from the song.
"I love honey," she said. "I miss you more than life."