The TLC series follows Spencer and Erica Shemwell as they bring their kids together and adjust to their new lives as a blended family
This March, viewers will be officially introduced to Erica and Spencer Shemwell, who are both widowed, and their combined 11 children on the network’s new series, The Blended Bunch.
Prior to the couple’s introduction, mother of seven Erica — mom to Landon, 12, Emma, 10, Lily, 9, Sophie, 8, Tanner, 6, Amelia, 5, and Caleb, 3 — lost her husband, Tony, to cancer, while Spencer’s wife Aimee — with whom he shared Brayden, 12, Harper, 8, Avery, 6, and Bexley, 4 — died in a car crash.
“My husband, Tony, passed away from brain cancer three years ago — I feel like my heart was ripped out of my chest,” Erica, 33, says in the series supertease, exclusively debuted by PEOPLE.
Spencer, 32, remembers the heart-wrenching moment he had to tell his kids about Aimee’s death. “I said, ‘Mommy passed away,'” he tearfully recalls. “I thought there was no way that I could ever love anyone like Aimee.”