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11/04/2014 06:42 pm ET Updated Nov 04, 2014

Michael Clarke Duncan's Fiancée Omarosa Manigault Opens Up About His Death

When you finally find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, the last thing you're probably thinking about is losing him or her. But that became the reality for former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault.

In the middle of planning her dream wedding with actor Michael Clarke Duncan in 2012, Manigault found herself sitting next to her fiancé's hospital bed, unsure whether he would survive a heart attack. Two months later, on July 13, 2012, Duncan died.

Manigault opened up to HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd about the painful ordeal and her grieving process. It wasn't until recently that Manigault was able to move out of the home she shared with Duncan, she said.

"Being surrounded by all those things kind of gave me comfort, but at some point for moving forward, my therapist said, 'You know, you are going to have to figure out what you're going to do with his things, and you can’t keep them around forever,'" Manigault said.

Manigault eventually found a path to recovery, which included her faith and taking on substitute teaching in special education.

"It really helped me with my healing," she said. "Working with children, being a part of that systems that’s helping them grow and learn. But also ... my teaching and preaching has been essential, and my faith has been what gets me through every single day."

Watch the video above for more of Manigault's story and click here to watch the full segment on losing a fiancé before the wedding.

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