Ashley Judd shares her ‘passionate wish’ for mum Naomi Judd 3 months after her death

Ashley Judd says she has gained a new perspective on mental health amid grief following the suicide of her mother Naomi Judd this spring.

The “Berlin Station” star dropped “Healing with David Kessler” Podcast This week for an emotional chat in which she described how she is coping with her loss. A big first step, she said, was accepting that her mother had “an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness” for most of her life.

“There are different behavioral expressions, interactions, flights of fancy, choices that he’s made that I think are manifestations of illness,” Judd explained to the host. “I understand that, and know that she was in pain and can understand today that she was doing absolutely the best she could, and if she could have done it differently, she would have.”

Over the years, Judd said she would come to terms with the fact that she was not the cause of her mother’s illness, but also that she “can’t control it” and “can’t cure it.”

Still, she remains hopeful that the elder Judd found the sense of peace that had eluded him for most of his life shortly before his death.

“My most fervent wish for my mother is that when she moves on, hopefully she will be able to shed any guilt or shame she may have brought on my sister and my parents,” she said. For any omission I may have made.” “Certainly on my end, all was forgiven long ago.”

Naomi Judd died at her home in Nashville on April 30, just days before her Grammy-winning country duo, The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was 76 years old.

Ashley Judd later Confirmed That his mother died by suicide.

Elsewhere in his conversation with Kessler, Judd praises his sister, Wynonna Judd, and stepfather. Larry Strickland To collectively allow each other to grieve “in our individual and relational ways.”

“We don’t try to control or redirect or dictate how the other should feel at any particular moment,” he said. “We may be in slightly different places, and yet we are in community.”

Despite her grief, Jude is optimistic about her future.

“I want to be healthy and vibrant and have the greatest chance at happiness that I can,” she said. “My family just came through a lot of grief, a lot of trauma. We’re pushing back against generations of pain, and I believe it’s within me to do things differently.”

Listen to Ashley Judd’s “Healing with David Kessler” interview below.


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