Travoltas Still Coping with Jett's Death

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(April 9) - Just months after the sudden loss of their only son Jett, John Travolta and Kelly Preston are slowly letting the world back into their lives. Friends and family say the Travoltas are coping with the teen's death as well as they can and leaning on their faith in Scientology to find peace.
"John is a strong man, but to lose a loved one, it's the worst time in anyone's life," Olivia Newton-John, a longtime pal, told PEOPLE in its new cover story (on newsstands April 10.)
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The Jett Travolta Tragedy
Kelly Preston, seen here with her late son Jett and daughter Ella, is set to speak in October about dealing with the loss of her 16-year-old boy.
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On Jan. 2, the Travoltas' family vacation turned to tragedy when son Jett was found unconscious in bathtub at the family's resort in the Bahamas. Jett eventually died of a seizure, despite several attempts to save him. Travolta tried to revive Jett using CPR after the teen was discovered unconscious. "He was doing mouth-to-mouth to resuscitate," Travolta's attorney Michael McDermott said.
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Actress Leah Remini has watched the family tragedy unfold and says they are dealing with the tragedy very well. "How do you deal with the greatest tragedy in your life? I can tell you that they are handling it the best any parent could ever deal," Remini said.
While they are still trying to stay out of the public eye, friends say the couple haven't secluded themselves and are making time to see friends and stay strong for their daughter Ella Bleu.
"They aren't secluding themselves or paralyzed," a family friend said. "[Seeing them] was like old times. Nothing awkward and no topics to dance around. There were smiles."
Despite controversy with their religion, friends say Scientology has helped the family find peace with their son's death. "They're relying on their faith to get them through this. Their faith is solid, and their family is solid," said a friend.
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