Judi Love determined to 'continue late father's legacy' after death
Loose Women’s Judi Love reveals she’s been left ‘heartbroken and empty’ by the death of her father and praises her immigrant parents for giving her a ‘world of opportunities’
- Judi Love, 40, revealed her father had passed away on social media last week
- London-based comic said she felt ‘heartbroken and empty’ after losing her dad
- Today appeared on Loose Women for first time since her father passed away
- Spoke of her late mother and father and said she’s ‘taking each day as it comes’
Judi Love says she is determined to continue her mother and father’s legacy after her dad passed away last week, praising her parents for giving her a ‘world of opportunities’.
The London-based comic, 40, shared a heartfelt social media post last Wednesday in which she said she was ‘heartbroken and empty’ after her dad died, and this afternoon made her return as a Loose Women panellist.
She told that her loss has given her ‘so much compassion’ for those who have lost loved ones throughout the pandemic and that for the moment she’s just taking ‘each day as it comes’.
Loose Women panellist Judi Love says she is determined to continue her mother and father’s legacy after her dad passed away last week
The London-based comic, 40, shared a heartfelt social media post last Wednesday in which she said she was ‘heartbroken and empty’ after her dad died
‘For me I’m at a place where I just take each day as it comes’, she said. ‘I just think to myself, I had these two parents who were migrants, came from Jamaica and I have a world of opportunities. I meet amazing people and I just want to continue that legacy.’
Judi had been caring for her dad for the past year and said she’s still in shock at the death, which happened while she had taken time off to spend with her family.
‘It’s still very sensitive and very raw, just the feeling of shock really’, said Judi. ‘I took a social media beak anyway because I wanted to spend time with the kids and there was so much going on in the world.
‘I’ve been looking after my dad for a year now and I just haven’t had any time off. I think one of my last [social media] posts was spend it with loved ones and continue to create those memories.
She told that her loss has given her ‘so much compassion’ for those who have lost loved ones throughout the pandemic
Judi said she’s still I shock at the death, which happened while she had taken time off to spend with her children and her dad – who she had been caring for for the past year
‘So having the time off and that happening, it just reminds us how precious time is and it’s just made me have so much compassion for those who have lost loved ones over this year with everything that’s going on.
‘I’m so grateful to the team, you guys, and just the people who have sent so much love on social media. ‘
Last week Judi shared a touching tribute to her father on Instagram, posting a picture of happy Judi grinning with her arm on her father.
Alongside the post she penned: ‘I feel empty and heartbroken for many reasons. RIP Dad. These last few weeks I tried to make you comfortable, I tried to get to you dad, I really did. Rest Well.’
Later on in the show she spoke of her dad again, adding: ‘My dad he was very comical, the both of them. He had quite an expressive voice, the accent, when he would do his posh accent, just very vibrant.
Judi lost her mother in 2009, and in February last year, opened up about her heartbreaking battle with dementia, revealing she ‘screamed and cried’ when her mum forgot who she was.
The comedian explained that her mum, who she cared for until her death, couldn’t remember who she was due to the condition, which causes a deterioration in memory.
The panelist told that she was left ’emotionally drained’ by her mother’s condition, and detailed how tough it is seeing someone ‘you’ve grown with and you’ve loved’, turn into a ‘shell’ of a person.
She said: ‘The spirit of the person is gone and you’ve got the shell. As a carer, I can’t even explain the emotional [impact]. It’s so draining.’
‘I remember one time I was with my mum, she just didn’t know who I was. I went to my friends house, and I went to the kitchen and I just screamed and cried and cried and cried.
‘I can’t explain seeing someone you’ve grown with or you’ve loved and they’re gone, they’re absolutely gone.’
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