Courteney Cox still senses Matthew Perry's presence months after his passing

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It's been over six months since Matthew Perry died on October 28, 2023. In the wake of his death, there has been a continued outpouring of love for the actor's legacy not just on-screen but through the lives he touched during his 54 years on this Earth. Besides the family he was born to, Perry cultivated a bond with his Friends cast that stood the test of time, the five cast members forever bonded through their experience on the zeitgeist, decade defining series that still resonates with people 20 years after its series finale.

In a recent CBS Sunday Morning interview Courteney Cox spoke to the 10 years she played Monica Geller on the sitcom and the family that she and her cast members created together in that time. Of course, given not one but two significant anniversaries are being celebrated in 2024--September 22 will mark 30 years since Friends premiered--the discussion encompassed how impactful the comedy was, still is, and the lasting hold it's had on pop culture.

As expected, Cox was asked about Matthew Perry and her response is likely to resonate with viewers at home, and fans alike, who've lost someone but continue to feel their presence.

"He visits me a lot, if we believe in that. I talk to my mom, my dad, Matthew. I feel like there are a lot of people that are…I think they guide us. I do sense, yeah, I sense Matthew's around for sure."

It's no small thing to be able to sense a loved one is still guiding your steps forward or being a balm even in death as your life moved on without them. If you're blessed to have that connection it can be buoying, a means of keeping a piece of them with you even when they're gone.

Cox also spoke to Perry being "one of the funniest human beings in the world" and that "[he's] genuinely got a huge heart." Those two characteristics have been a common response for people who had the opportunity to know the late actor. It's a testament to his legacy that that's how those close to him, and those who knew him from his projects and charity work, remember him and choose to honor him while speaking about his character.

It is no secret that he struggled and Cox briefly acknowledged that fact but her remembrance of him stayed true to how thankful she is to have worked with Perry for so many years, to have known him, and how she still feels his spirit which is likely comforting.

Watch Courteney Cox's full interview below which covers the scope of her career starting with her big break thanks to starring in a Bruce Springsteen music video to her inspiration for creating the cleaning and beauty products tied to her brand Homecourt.