Donny and Marie say their father instilled values of honor and integrity into every member of the family. Both say that George was their rock and their strength.
It's an emotional time for the family, but Donny says they feel like George and Olive are watching over them. "We believe we're an eternal family. We know that we will be with our parents again. We know it. We don't just believe it. We know it," he says. "It's so comforting for us to know that we will be together again."
Marie says she can feel her father with her. "There's a warmth in your heart when the spirit speaks," she says. In fact, she says she felt it as she planned flowers for her dad's funeral. "I was sitting there and all of a sudden it was like, should we put flowers down all of the pews? And I swear, Oprah, it was like he said, 'Will you quit spending money?' I swear to you that was so like my dad. And I started laughing."
Donny says everyone is mourning the loss of his dad, but the family will continue to celebrate his life. "We celebrate our parents' lives both because what an example they were to all of us—to all of us on stage—of what a great couple, what a great relationship should be like. They didn't just talk the talk. They walked the walk," Donny says. "Isn't it interesting how two people can raise a family in show business, nine children, and we still love each other? We still have our problems. We still have our issues. We're a normal family. But the mere fact that we can all come together and still be a tight, close-knit family, that's a testimony to my parents."