Meri Brown Gives Update on Janelle and Kody After Son Garrison’s Death

Meri Brown is providing an update on how Janelle and Kody Brown are doing after the death of their son Garrison earlier this year.

On Monday’s episode of Miss Understood Podcast, Meri discussed how the family is coping with the death of her former sister wife’s son and revealed that grief is a long road for Kody and Janelle. 

“I think there’s good days and bad days, I don’t know how there couldn’t be,” Meri said. “There’s still times where I’ll see a picture of Garrison and I’m like, ‘Oh, I don’t like that this happened. It’s really sad.’”

Garrison was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Flagstaff, Arizona on March 5. Following the news, Janelle confirmed her son’s death in a statement shared to Instagram. Meri shared that she has lost three of her siblings — and two of them passed away when her mom was still alive — so she understands what Janelle is going through. 

“I just feel so much for Janelle — I watched my mom lose two of her own kids before she passed,” she said, adding, “It’s tragic.”

While Meri said grief is “different for every situation,” she can offer Janelle and Kody the advice she has taken herself after losses of loved ones.

“You really have to do what you need to do at the moment,” she explained. “Embrace the pain, cry when you need to, spend time alone and when you’re feeling ok, get up and take a walk.”

Even when the sadness begins to fade, Meri said it will creep back in when you least expect it, explaining, “I think a lot of times people have a box that we think we should live in. Grief, it’s not linear — it’s not a checklist. It’s all the emotions all the time and whenever they decide to pop up.”

Meri Brown (left) and Janelle Brown (right).
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Meri also shared she knows from experience that life will eventually provide happiness and fulfillment again, but the love for the person who is gone will never be able to be replaced.

“I think that a lot of people will say, ‘You’re gonna move past it, you’re gonna move through it,’” she said. “And you will, but I think that there’s this hole that is created and people will say that hole will fill up, but the hole will always be there.”

(Left to right) Robyn Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown, Christine Brown and Janelle Brown.

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Viewers first met Garrison in 2010 when the TLC series documenting the polygamist family’s day-to-day life premiered. The show featured his mother Janelle and his father Kody’s other wives — Meri, Christine and Robyn Brown.

After Janelle spiritually married Kody in 1993, while Kody was legally married to Meri, the couple went on to have six children: Madison, Logan, Garrison, Gabriel, Hunter and Savanah. In December 2022, Janelle announced that she and Kody had separated.

Prior to Janelle’s departure from the marriage, Christine announced she had left Kody. Meri later revealed she and Kody had parted ways as well, leaving Robyn as the Brown patriarch’s sole remaining wife.d parted ways as well, leaving Robyn as the Brown patriarch’s sole remaining wife.

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