11/17/2004 at 08:00 AM EST
Christopher Reeve's widow Dana Reeve says she is working through the "void in our home life" and that her husband's spirit is very much alive – especially in the soul of their 12-year-old son, Will.
Of her husband, Dana Reeve tells the Associated Press in her first interview since his Oct. 10 death: "It was always his intention to keep life going even after adversity. It was the spirit he lived by."
She says she now sees that spirit in young Will, who poignantly and with humor recalled his dad at a recent memorial service. "He was very loving, very funny, very poised," said his mother. "I looked at him and I thought, 'How is he doing this?' He's 12, but the genes run strong."
She felt their son was "channeling Chris ... Chris was very present with us."
An actor herself, Dana Reeve, 43, has withdrawn from the Broadway-bound play Brooklyn Boy, in order to give herself time to mourn, though she says, "I will definitely be getting back to acting. I am an actress, and I do have to make a living."
On Thursday of this week, a fundraising dinner for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation is still due to take place, with Dana succeeding Chris as the head of the board. Minnie Driver (replacing Nathan Lane, who had to go to London to star in The Producers) will be the host, while Paul Simon will entertain. Glenn Close and other celebrities are expected.
The foundation, which has so far awarded $53.6 million in grants, funds research on paralysis and works to improve the life of the disabled.