A year may have passed since her mother’s passing but Australian TV star Magda Szubanski has beautifully explained how the pain of losing a loved one never goes away.
The Kath and Kim star’s beloved mother Margaret passed away last September after growing frail with advanced dementia and was a regular fixture on the star’s social media pages. The actress frequently celebrated her mother’s talent and humour and has found it difficult in the year following her death.
On what would have been the one year anniversary since Margaret’s passing, Magda told her followers that she wanted to do something “life-affirming” to honour her late mother.
“So I went and bought a whole lot of beautiful vegetables,” she said. “Including some I have never tried before – including broad bean tips which apparently make a great salad.”
Magda shared a snap of her meal creation – made all the more special because it was cooked using a family heirloom.
“And the best part…cooked in my grandma’s baking dish passed down to me from Mum,” she gushed.
And this is what all that bounty from the earth turned into…stuffed tomatoes and pepper served with Greek style lamb for early dinner and breakfast of tomato and red capsicum bruschetta with anchovies. And the best part…cooked in my grandma’s baking dish passed down to me from Mum #cookingupastorm #veggies #stuffedpeppers #life #mothersanddaughters #grandma #lifeanddeath #anniversary
A day later, she informed her followers that she believed her mother was still watching over her.
“Look what just arrived in the post! The day after the first anniversary of her death…my mother’s Sunday Missal,” she said in a video. “Her nursing home must have found it and mailed it to me. It’s a sign!”
Magda said that when she opened the book she noticed a religious card marking a very specific page.
“It fell open and what was the first line??? … ‘the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality’!!! I KID YOU NOT,” she wrote.
Look what just arrived in the post!! The day after the first anniversary of her death…my mother’s Sunday Missal! Her nursing home must have found it and mailed it to me. It’s a sign!!! I think I know what this means… ???????? ???? edit: ok so I just opened it and there was a religious card marking a page and it fell open and what was the first line??? … “the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality”!!! I KID YOU NOT
Fans were quick to reassure the Babe star that it would have been a sign from her late mother.
One comment read: “She’s letting you know that she is still with you.”
A second person wrote: “I’ve seen and heard so much that you cannot believe there is no after life! The comfort of their signs heals your heart.”
A third added: “I received a sign today for my birthday & now reading these messages has reiterated how powerful the message was. Just incredible! X”
The Fast Forward actress had been keeping friends, family and fans up to date with Margaret’s health condition. In one emotional Instagram post, she explained how she was slowly losing the mother she’d known her entire life to Dementia.
“Her voice has faded to less than a whisper. Her thoughts often an incoherent jumble of past and present, real and imagined,” she wrote last August. “Now even her sense of humour is fading. I think maybe that is the thing I find hardest to bear. What Bette Davis said is so true – ‘old age ain’t no place for sissies’.”
Margaret passed away at the age of 92.