When Jeanne Cooper -- matriarch of "The Young And The Restless" for nearly 40 years -- passed away in May, fans of her character Kay Chancellor wondered how the daytime soap would manage to give her a proper sendoff.

Today, Friday, August 16, marks the beginning of CBS' multi-episode tribute that will culminate in Kay's loved ones finding out that she passed away while on a trip with her husband Murphy (Michael Fairman). The actual memorial episodes and news of Kay's death won't air until September 3 and 4, CBS confirmed to The Huffington Post.

“In the coming weeks, Kay’s memory will be honored in several very special ways that allow us to pay tribute to Jeanne in the remarkable manner she deserves,” "Young And The Restless" executive producer Jill Farren Phelps said in a statement. “It is an extraordinary story that will bring the residents of Genoa City together to remember this woman they all loved.”

Watch a sneak peek of Jill (Jess Walton) at the beginning of Kay's goodbye storyline below:

"The Young And The Restless" airs on weekdays at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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  • Katherine's First Line

  • Katherine and Phillip Get Divorced

    1970s

  • Katherine Bosses Jill Around From The Bathtub

  • Katherine Reveals Her Post-Facelift Look

  • Katherine & Phillip III's First Conversation

  • Katherine Looks Back On Her Promise To Make Jill Pay

  • Katherine Crashes The Abbott Family Christmas

  • Katherine Shoots Jill

  • Katherine & Her Maid Esther

  • Katherine Faces Off With Her Doppleganger Marge

  • Katherine & Jill's Catflight

  • Jill & Kay Argue Over Phillip's Death

  • Katherine Finds Out Jill Is Her Daughter

    2003

  • Katherine Confesses To Stealing Jill's Baby

  • Katherine Says Goodbye To John Abbott

  • Kay Remembers Killing Phillip

  • Katherine Finds Out Tucker Is Her Son

  • Katherine & Jill's Most Recent Scene

    May 3, 2013