Today on the show, Anderson's mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, speaks openly about the day her son Carter died. He was 23 and jumped off the balcony of their New York home.
It's a day Gloria thinks about every day, explaining, "You never ever get over it, but you learn to live with it."
In this emotional clip, Gloria says to Anderson, "There was a moment when I thought I was going to jump after him, but then I thought of you... and it stopped me from doing that.
Anderson says of his mother, who has survived so much heartbreak (including the loss of her father, husband, her son, and so many others), "It hasn't made you tough. You are still open to experience... open to new loss and new heartbreak and new love."
Gloria believes her next great love is right around the corner.
Gloria Vanderbilt has written numerous books. She asked Anderson to edit her romance memoir, "It Seems Important at the Time," in which she mentions many of her "gentlemen callers."
To learn more about today's "Anderson" episode, go to AndersonCooper.com.