Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Her Mother's Death

Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Her Mother's Death

On Thanksgiving Day, Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, 83 died at her home in Milwaukee. In the days before, Winfrey was able to spend precious time with her mom, as she searched for the inspiration she needed to say goodbye. “In hospice care they have a little book about the little conversations,” Winfrey tells PEOPLE. “I thought, ‘Isn’t this strange? I am Oprah Winfrey, and I’m reading a hospice care book on what to say at the end.'”

“I just thought, ‘What is the truth for me? There isn’t going to be an answer in a book. What is it that I need to say?’ I was praying for a way in.”

Of course she found one.

In an exclusive interview, Winfrey tells PEOPLE about the emotional final days with her mother.

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