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She lost her beloved father Colin to cancer in 2016, and now actress Sheridan Smith has revealed the inspiring mantra that continues to provide her with solace two years after his death.
Speaking to the Daily Mail the 36-year-old – whose brother Julian also tragically passed from the disease – revealed: “One of my favourite mantras is: This Too Shall Pass. It’s what I try to explain to the young girls who write to me about the dark times they’re going through.
“They can’t see any way through their problems. But I tell them nothing stays the same for ever. Yes, there’ll be low days. But, in the end, they will pass.”
She also went on to describe the amazing journey she has taken from heartache to happiness, adding: “My dad was my world. Everything I did, I did to make him proud. So losing him in 2016 was the worst thing that had ever happened to me. But I’ve come out the other side.
“What you learn is that if you can survive something like that — and thousands of people have to go through what I went through — you emerge from it stronger and better able to face the future. Grief is a strange thing. It can hit you when you’re least expecting it.
“But I feel I now have it in perspective. I can honestly say I’m happy.”
“This is something my dad always wanted me to do. He said, ‘Why not? You grew up with us singing.’ My mum and dad were a country and western duo. They did gigs all around the country. I used to go with them and would stand on a stool and sing a couple of numbers.”
If you are struggling with grief contact national charity Cruse Bereavement Care on 0808 808 1677 or visit cruse.org.uk.