Oprah interviewed Kathy Bray just three weeks after her son was killed in an accidental shooting. Leilani watched as Kathy shared the pain of her son's death and talked about how she missed his "dirty dog" smell.
Leilani was amazed that Kathy could speak about such a painful topic when her emotions were still so raw. For the first time, Leilani says she felt like someone understood her pain. "If she can do it, I can do it," Leilani remembers thinking. "She was able to say something to the world, and I'm sure she helped a lot of people—she helped me. ... It helped me to go on with my life and to stop worrying about trying to stop the pain by trying to kill myself."
"Her story hit me right where it hurts," Leilani says. "I immediately felt everything that she could possibly feel. ... The show reminded me that there is life after the death of a child. There's a lot of pain, but you can live."