‘I wasn’t able to hug her’: Radio star mourns death of mother during lockdown

Aug 24, 2020
Radio host Craig 'Huggy' Huggins has paid tribute to his late mother Joyce. Source: Craig Huggins/Instagram.

Australian radio presenter Craig ‘Huggy’ Huggins has paid tribute to his late mother Joyce, who sadly passed away last month from Covid-19 while at a nursing home. Writing for The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine, the Melbourne-based radio star opened up about his mother’s death and the difficulty surrounding coronavirus restrictions.

“I wasn’t able to visit and hug my mother in her final hours or tell her face-to-face of my love for her,” he wrote. “And given the limit of 10, my own children couldn’t attend Nan’s funeral.”

Craig then explained how he broke the devastating news live on air last month and the message he left behind for his listeners at the time in memory of his wonderful mother.

“But I knew that my listeners would be there for me, and the notes I’ve received have been overwhelming and humbling,” he wrote.

“So it came down to me and Mum delivering our message moments after she passed away. ‘Please be careful,’ I said. ‘Wear your mask, social distance and do the right thing. Many people don’t know anyone who’s had the virus, but now you do: Huggy’s mum’.”


At the time of her passing, Craig also took to Instagram to share a sweet message alongside a series of photos.

“Me and my beautiful Mum Joyce,” he captioned the post. “I’ll miss her chats, smiles and hugs, but content that my Dad will get them back again. Love you mum. R.I.P.”

Many social media users shared their condolences, with one writing: “Condolences to you and your family on your loss.” Another added: “Sorry for your loss, Huggy. Love and strength to you and your family.” While a third person commented: “Thinking of you! Big hugs for all of you.”

Currently, there are more than 1,364 active cases in residential facilities across the country, while a total of 313 elderly residents have passed away as a result of the virus.

It comes a week after ABC News Breakfast host Lisa Millar grilled Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck over the government’s response to the ongoing crisis in aged care amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The interview came after Four Corners alleged that “desperate calls” for more staff from Melbourne’s Epping Gardens Aged Care home went unanswered by the government. CEO Greg Reeve told the ABC program that they “tried every agency” as the situation at Epping Gardens rapidly worsened — the aged care facility has been linked to more than 200 Covid-19 cases and more than 20 deaths.

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