Emmerdale star Lisa Riley has opened up on the pain she still feels ten years on from her mother’s death.

The actress, 46, who tragically lost her beloved mum Cath to cancer at the age of 57 in 2012, opened up on her loss with fans on Instagram on Friday, calling her mother her “forever angel”.

Lisa – who recently teased a new acting project – lit two candles next to a framed photo of her mum and a small bouquet of flowers as she wrote an emotional message, writing: “My BELOVED Mum Cath, lost her battle with cancer ten years ago today, the pain, as I write this, is as raw as it was back then.

“You’ve heard it said many many times, ‘it gets easier with time’, does it??? The biggest hole is in my heart always, because my Mum was so unique, so funny, so compassionate, so caring, unbelievably happy, so giving with her time, to EVERYONE.

“She literally shone like the brightest star you’ve ever seen, and everybody says the same. ‘Cath Riley, once met, never forgotten' hearing this still makes me cry. Because I suppose I struggle the most coming to terms with how young she was."

Lisa then opened up on the importance of talking about your feelings with family and friends, adding: “The lesson I’ve learnt is this. I lean on my nearest and dearest, and for this I’m so incredibly blessed.

“My Al, my family, my best friends, my work family and work colleagues. You hold me up, on the days I’m down and really emotional, you all keep me laughing, because you know thats how I deal with things best…..

“For this today PLEASE accept my upmost gratitude. May anyone else feeling REAL grief today, read this, and find someone close whom they can talk to, as talking and expressing your inner feelings, helps. It really does, and I say this with truth and honesty”.

Lisa’s friends and followers left supportive comments for the star, with actress Dani Harmer writing: “Sending you all my love”.

While Emmerdale co-star Fiona Wade added: “Sending big love to you darling”.

Last year, Lisa opened up on how she felt "judged" for continuing to grieve for her mum almost a decade after her death.

In October 2021, Lisa joined Lorraine Kelly to discuss her new podcast, Grief Kind, and explained how there is "no timetable" for grieving a loved one.

She said: "It was a case of just getting my story out there because I’ve spoken so openly before about grief and how it affects different people."

Lisa continued: "I wanted to be unbelievably honest and tell the truth about what I go through daily and the uphill struggle I have massively with being judged.

"I have it on set with Emmerdale when I’m at work. Everyone knows me as having this fun, happy personality which is me, but the days I’m down, I find myself going, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay’ because I feel like I’m being judged."

She added: “People are like, ‘Come on Lis, it’s been nine years – you should be over it by now.’ Well no – it’s as worse today as when mum initially passed nine years ago in July."


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