“[T]he pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, that I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did,” she posted on Instagram.
Wynonna Judd spoke up on Sunday about the suicide of her mother and singing partner, Naomi Judd, who died on April 30 after a long battle with mental illness.
She talked about the agony of her mother’s passing and her feelings of powerlessness in a touching Instagram post. She began by asking, “WHAT DO I KNOW?” — as if her life coach was asking her that question — and then proceeded to respond in a variety of ways.
“I DO know, that the pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, that I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did,” she wrote. “This cannot be how The Judds story ends,” adding a heartbroken emoji.
She also pledged to “stop the cycle of addiction & family dysfunction,” especially for her first grandson, who was born on April 13.
“I DO know, that I feel so helpless—right now especially,” she added. “I DO know, that as corny as it sounds, ‘Love Can Build a Bridge.’ I find myself humming the song that Mom wrote for the fans, to myself here on the farm at night.”
She also stated that she will not hesitate to seek assistance if she requires it.
“I really DO know, that I’m not able to do this grieving thing all by myself, and that it’s okay to reach out for help,” she wrote. “I will continue to fight for my faith, for my SELF, for my family, and I WILL continue to show up & sing.”
In an appearance with Good Morning America earlier this month, Wynonna’s sister, Ashley Judd, discussed Naomi’s death.
“Our mother couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers,” Ashley said. “That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her, because the barrier between the regard in which they held her couldn’t penetrate into her heart, and the lie the disease told her was so convincing.”