DOG The Bounty Hunter’s daughter has revealed how she believes her mom Beth “was with her” during her recent “bittersweet” one year memorial in Hawaii.
Sharing some intimate pictures of the event, Cecily Chapman revealed how it had been a day of mixed emotions as they marked the one year anniversary of Beth’s tragic death from cancer – but she could feel her mom’s “presence” with her throughout the day.
And she also hinted that after a sad year for the Chapman family – the reality star clan could be celebrating two weddings in 12 month – Cecily’s to her fiance Matty and her dad Dog’s to fiance Francie.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Cecily said: “I feel like the whole way up until that day, I felt sad.
“I thought a lot about planning it and making it perfect for her, making the best flowers.
“It was definitely something I worked on all month long just to make sure that it was perfect.
“Then when the day came, I was really focused on what was going on. So it was kind of a bittersweet distraction.
“I was constantly on the move and I constantly had something to do all day. And that kind of got me through it.
“When I got to the water for the paddle out and got in, I just felt this pure feeling, there was God’s light coming from the clouds and felt like she [Beth] was there.
“Mary, her best friend, in all of her photos has this little green light in the picture, like an aura or spirit, so we feel that was her.
“You could definitely just feel her presence all through the day.”
Cecily admitted that while the memorial – which included a special hike to one of Beth’s favorite spots, then a sunset paddle out in the ocean – brought her some peace and comfort, she is still grieving for her mom.
She said: “Once it was all said and done it was a bittersweet feeling …I felt really sad because I didn’t want it to be the one year already.
“I felt like I was at peace but it has still taken me a while to share these pictures because I felt like it was just so precious to me at the time.
“Being a celebrity you can’t always be so quick to post everything about your life.
“Sometimes you have to just pause and ingest and comprehend everything yourself before you can share it with the world.
“Now I feel like it’s time for me to share it with the world, just because everyone has their special place for her.
“And I want people to see that now I really tried to commemorate her in the best way, with the flower arrangements and everything that I did on my own.
“A lot of people didn’t come, which is fine, but there were a lot of close friends and family there and we just had a really cute little private ceremony.”
Cecily said her fiance Matthew has been her “rock” both on the day of the memorial, standing by her side throughout everything and helping her to organize the events.
While she admitted in her last interview with The Sun that she wasn’t ready to marry Matthew yet – as it would be too hard to walk down the aisle without her mom, she now feels like she is ready to take the leap.
“You know in relationships I’ve always thought how is it going to be when you move in together? How are you in the best time?” she explained.
“How are you when you travel? How are you in the worst times?
“And I feel like it took me a year of grieving to reassure me that this is who I think I should be with because if he can put up with me at my best, my worst, then I feel like I should give him that shot.
“I feel like he deserves it because he’s been with me for thick and thin.
“And the fact that he slept by my side this whole time, just kind of reassuring me, as I struggled with my grief.
“If we can get through this and we’re still totally in love, there’s got to be something huge there.”
Cecily even hinted that despite the sadness of the past year, the Chapman family could have a lot of joy to come – and there may even be two family weddings to celebrate.
Dog – real name Duane Chapman – previously told The Sun he couldn’t wait to bring all the family together for his wedding to Francie once the pandemic was over.
She even joked that maybe she should plan her wedding for the week after her dad’s so that all the family could go to both at the same time.
“I kind of promised myself after the one-year anniversary I have to move on and do what I need to do in order to grow,” Cecily said.
“So my goal is to get married next summer, but within the next two years for sure, depending on money, travel and everything.
“So yeah there could be two Chapman weddings and that would be very exciting.
“Maybe we can plan them close together so no one has to move too far to go to both!’
Cecily revealed she’s also excited about her dad’s new show Dog’s Dirty Dozen.
The 67-year-old revealed in a podcast last week how he’s started work on the new series and that “all” of his family is coming back for it.
Cecily, who is a licensed bounty hunter and bail bondsman, says she would love to work on her dad’s new show if the opportunity arises.
“I’m hoping to start working with my dad again, hopefully that’s a possibility
I’m definitely on board,” she said.
“I was a little disappointed that some family members didn’t show up to my mom’s memorial but I am excited to see them all again and start working together again. And hopefully that’ll bring us even more closer.
“We do love catching fugitives. And it’s something that we do regardless of a show or not.
“At any point Dakota can tell me, ‘Hey, we have a jump. We got to go.’ And I’m super excited to put on that gear and go out there whether the show is there or not.”
Cecily says she’s also focusing on her For Beth clothing line and doing fan meet and greets so she can keep her mom’s memory alive.
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“On the day of her memorial when I saw so many people all over the world paying tribute, it really touched my heart,” she said.
“And it just showed me how many people my mom so inspired and reassured me as to why I’m even doing the For Beth line.
“Her fans just absolutely loved her and she was a mother figure to them and to see all of the photos that flooded in that day, it was extremely touching. It brought me so much joy and tears.”