Two years after Patrick Swayze’s tragic passing, his wife Lisa Niemi Swayze is ready to take off her wedding ring. And believe it or not, it’s actually an act of love.

The couple was married for more than three decades when the ‘Dirty Dancing’ actor succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. Lisa kept her maiden name throughout their entire union, but has now adopted her married name — at the same time she’s removing her wedding ring for good.

On the set of ‘New York Live,’ she explained:

About [a year] ago, all of a sudden I had this bizarre thought and it didn’t really make sense to me, but I had a moment when I went, ‘you know what this ring says? I’m married to his physical form.’ And actually my connection to him, since he has been gone, has been much deeper than that. And I felt like in a way, for me personally, wearing the ring was lying about the depth of our relationship.”

The Swayzes co-wrote ‘The Time of My Life’ about their long romance, and Lisa recently released another book, ‘Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward,’ about their life together.

“No relationship is perfect,” she said. “You hang in there and you don’t give up. And of course you are going to have bad times. I would be with Patrick a million times over if I could — warts and all.”

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to listen to ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ and have a good long cry.

[via Huffington Post]