Ree Drummond Opens Up About ‘Painful Season’ Approaching the Anniversary of Her Nephew’s Passing


The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, recently shared that her family got a new basset hound named Henry to help mend the hole, not fill the hole, that their beloved ranch dog Charlie left when he passed away a year ago.

In another post, Ree revealed that there are still many emotions tied to the death of her dog Charlie, primarily because she lost her nephew the week following the death of Charlie.

“Even as I was preparing this post about sweet little Henry, I was reminded that Charlie died one year ago today,” she said in a blog post. “I can’t believe it’s been a whole year, as I still feel those doggie-related tears of loss so acutely. But then I’m taken to an even harder place as I realize that we lost my nephew last year just after Charlie died, and that date will be coming up very soon.”

She noted that while the two instances can’t compare, the emotions will always be stuck together.

“While one can’t even begin to compare one loss (a beloved pet) to the other (a beloved nephew), the grief and tears are still (and will probably always be) tied up together in one painful season.”

Last year, Ree shared the news that her nephew had suddenly passed: “Right after I posted about Charlie, we had a very sad, sudden death in my family- my brother’s son. He and Alex were babies together, he went to Colorado on trips with our family in his teen years, he was a beautiful, beloved young man, and it’s been a wrenching loss for everyone,” she said. “We got back last night after a long weekend in Dallas with family. I curled into my bed in a fetal position and cried- it just overwhelmed and enveloped me and I couldn’t escape the sadness. But this morning I woke up giving thanks for the times we had with him and remembering Mother Teresa’s words: “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

In her post regarding the one year anniversary, she states that while it has felt like a long year, it hasn’t at the same time. “So much has happened since then- goodness gracious. Okay, I take it back: I can believe it’s been a year. It seems like longer than that in some ways! So I think I’ll just revel in and be thankful for today. (Today is a good place to be sometimes.)” she closed.