It’s been one year since the Hollywood star Kelly Preston tragically passed away at the age of 57 after a private battle with breast cancer. This week, her actor husband John Travolta of Grease fame took to Instagram to post the trailer for Preston’s final movie Off The Rails.
“Off the Rails is Kelly’s last film- she was very proud of it and of all of the wonderful talent that she got to work with in it,” Travolta wrote in the caption. “It is available in UK and Ireland theaters starting this Friday July 23rd! @offtherailsfilm @bklproductions.”
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Entertainment Tonight reported that Off The Rails, which began filming in February of 2019, follows four female friends in their 50s who recreate an inter-rail journey across Europe. Only this time, 18-year-old Maddie is taking her mother’s place, making her dying wish come true.
Unbeknownst to fans, Preston was already battling cancer during her time making this film. Sadly, she lost her battle in July of last year, leaving behind Travolta and their two surviving children, 21-year-old daughter Ella and 10-year-old son Benjamin. She was predeceased by their son Jett, who died in 2009 at the age of 16.
“I learned that mourning someone is something personal,” Travolta told Esquire España back in April. “Mourning is individual and experiencing your own journey is what can lead to healing. This is different from someone else’s journey.”
Travolta went on to say that in the wake of Preston’s death, he’s learned that the most important thing that you can do for someone in mourning is to simply let them have their individual process and not try to project their own feelings of grief on other mourners.
“Let’s say you lose someone and at the funeral, you are very sad, another person approaches who is feeling sadder and then does not leave enough space for you to mourn,” the actor explained. “Otherwise, it will be two boats plummeting to the bottom. That is my experience.”
Travolta also said that he has learned about the importance of giving mourners space to have their own grieving processes.
“The first thing you should do when you experience grief is to go to a place where you can mourn, without any interference,” he concluded. “If I die tomorrow, the last thing I want to see is that everyone around is sunk.”
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