Following the sharing of a moving tribute on the anniversary of her mother’s passing, Lise Riley thanked her followers for their support.
The Emmerdale actress commemorated the 10-year anniversary of her mother Cath’s passing in 2012 after a protracted battle with breast cancer on Instagram on Friday, July 29.
Lisa, who is most remembered for her role as Mandy Dinlge in the ITV serial, posted a picture of a framed image of a cheerful Cath in a floral setting.
Along with the lovely photo, she included a note in which she opened up about the hurt of losing her mom.
The 46-year-old tweeted, “My darling mum Cath lost her battle with cancer ten years ago today.
“As I write this, the pain is just as acute as it was at the time. You’ve probably heard the phrase “it gets easier with time” a lot.
My mother left the biggest hole in my heart because she was so different, so humorous, so kind, so loving, unbelievable joyful, and so generous with her time to everyone.”
As everyone often says, “Cath Riley, once met, never forgotten,” Lisa said, “She truly shone like the brightest star you’ve ever seen. Hearing this still makes me cry. I believe it’s because I have a hard time accepting how young she was.
“This is the lesson I’ve learned. I am tremendously fortunate to rely on my closest friends and family members. Al, my family, my closest friends, my coworkers and work family. You all keep me laughing because you know that’s how I handle things best, and you support me on the days when I’m down and feeling particularly emotional.
“Please accept my sincere thanks for today. I hope anyone else reading this today who is truly grieving finds someone nearby they can talk to; talking and sharing your inner sentiments is therapeutic. I say this with honesty and sincerity: it actually does.”
Her supporters flooded her with notes of encouragement right away. “Thinking of you and sending love to you, @lisajaneriley,” tweeted @sheanne49. Responded @wigmankim: “You and the entire family, @lisajaneriley, have my sincere condolences.
I can’t stand it when people suggest that it gets easier with time. Even after 23 years (in October) without my mother, it still hurt.”
“Aah I absolutely agree, as I find it tougher with time, simply hurts more,” wrote @iamannalouise. “Sending you the largest of hugs and loads of love.” “I chatted to her many times, great person sending hugs Lisa,” @slatterkaren continued.
Since then, she has used social media to express her gratitude for the response to her message. Lisa wrote: “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, so much for the tremendous amount of support you all offered to me yesterday. I appreciate it very much.
“The messages were so full of love and truth…
I wanted you all to know how it helped, especially given the number of people who were experiencing the same thing, which is evidence that sharing your suffering may be beneficial. Thank you one more.