Graça Machel still struggling to cope after Madiba's passing

Graça Machel says she's still trying to deal with a life without Nelson Mandela.

FILE: Nelson Mandela’s wife Graça Machel (R) and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela leaving Mthatha Airport after the arrival of his body, 14 December 2013. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's widow Gra├ža Machel says she's still struggling to move on following his death.

She was speaking at the launch of the Mandela Remembrance Walk in Johannesburg.

Madiba passed away last December.

Machel says she's still trying to deal with a life without Madiba

"The closer we approach 5 December, my heart becomes heavier and heavier. It's still too early to live with the reality."

She says honours such as the Mandela Remembrance Walk allows the father of the nation to live on.

"Anything which we do to develop his values is to keep him alive."

With just over three weeks until the commemoration of Madiba's passing, Machel says the Mandela family is ready to honour his life legacy.

The walk will be held in Pretoria on the 13 December, marking the day Mandela's body was transported from Pretoria to his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.