It has been more than three years since Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher passed away, and her daughter Billie Lourd opened up about her ongoing grief in a moving social media post on Mother’s Day.
The 27-year-old, who also works as an actress, penned an emotional tribute to Fisher on Instagram on Sunday as she marked the fourth Mother’s Day since her mother’s death in December 2016. Carrie, who earned worldwide fame as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.
“Sending my love to anyone who has lost a mother and anyone who might just be having a complicated Mother’s Day this year,” Billie wrote.
“This is my 4th Mother’s Day without my Momby and days like today are never easy, but I’ve found that doing things that make me feel more connected to her make it a little easier – watching her favorite movies, listening to music we listened to together, looking through old pictures and my personal favorite – eating + drinking things she loved.”
The Scream Queens star, who has also appeared in the Star Wars franchise, went on to reveal how she planned to celebrate the difficult day. She added: “Today I’m going to watch Postcards from The Edge, listen to Tom Petty + Dire Straits, have a fried mozzarella from La Scala and have a couple Coca-Colas with an aggressive amount of ice.
“Happy Mother’s Day, but Mother’s Day can be more than just one adjective, so sad Mother’s Day / weird Mother’s Day / funny Mother’s Day / angry Mother’s Day / or any combination of the above.”
Many of Billie’s followers thanked her for her honest words, and revealed their own struggles at marking another Mother’s Day without their own mothers. One follower said: “So sweet. It’s my first Mother’s Day without my mom. It’s hard. But I love all the ways you celebrate her. I’m def [sic] going to need to try and adopt some of those things. I got tears streaming down my face as I read your beautiful post. Moms are the best.”
Another wrote: “You and me both. Both our moms passed away together.” While another follower commented: “I hope you feel your Mom’s deep love & really connect to her today.”
Lourd not only lost her mother in December 2016 though, as Fisher’s own mother Debbie Reynolds passed away just one day after her daughter’s death on December 28. The Singin’ In The Rain actress was 84 years old and died as a result of a stroke, however her son Todd Fisher attributed her passing to heartbreak.
In December, Billie paid tribute to both her mother and grandmother in yet another social media post as she acknowledged the sadness and stress that the holiday period can bring for her. She wrote: “Sending my love to everyone who has lost someone they loved and is missing them a little extra today. I see you. It’s okay if everything ain’t all merry and bright. It can be a mix of all of it. And it’s all okay.
“Feel all the feelings – the good and the not so good. Eat something delish [sic] they used to love. Put on one of their favorite songs. Tell a story about them. Cry about them. Call one of their friends you haven’t talked to in a while. Be kind and patient with yourself. Don’t grieve in silence. You’re not alone.”