Delilah made her return to the radio airwaves on Monday after taking time off following her 18-year-old son’s suicide.
KING reports the mother discussed how her personal wounds are healing since Zack took his life on Oct. 3, 2017.
The host told listeners:
“Losing Zack in October has just taken us all out at the knees. In some ways, I think our family is a lot closer. My daughter found out just a week after her brother left that she was pregnant, and so God’s kind of given us that to focus on.”
Delilah told a listener who asked her for a suggestion of a book or literature that would help her deal with the loss of a child:
“There is no literature. First off, the first month when you’ve lost somebody whether it’s your partner or your spouse or your child, you’re in such a brain fog, you can’t read anything,”
And the mom added that advice from others didn’t help her cope with Zack’s death, either:
“So, just love me. Just be there and love me, and that’s what I tell people who are going through it now. Just be there and love on your family when they’re in crisis.”
Delilah also lost her son Sammy to sickle cell anemia in 2012.
The national radio host previously discussed her son’s depression with People after he took his own life. While she never revealed the manner of Zack’s death, she mentioned that he left a note:
“His goodbye note did not mention sadness, anger, angst or depression, just a pressing madness about feeling like this world was not his home.”
Zack is one of Delilah’s three biological children. She also has 10 children through adoption and another one on the way. She’s about to adopt her 14th child, giving another child a loving home.
The size of her family doesn’t faze the mom, KING reports:
“When you have one, you have one. When you have two, you have 20 because their friends are always over. So, you know, what’s 13, 14 more on top of that. Once you have three or four kids, you’re exhausted all the time anyway, and most of my children are children that otherwise would not have a forever home.”
Delilah made sure to leave listeners with an inspiring reminder about life during her emotional return:
“If you let the little things steal your joy, there’s not going to be any energy left for the big things. So, don’t sweat the small stuff and pretty much it’s all small stuff.”