Gemma Atkinson’s still not accepted dad’s death as she details how she found out he’d died

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Gemma Atkinson took to Instagram this morning to help others struggling with grief, while still coming to terms with her own loss. The former soap star said 19 years ago today she received the devastating news that her father had died of a heart attack.

The 36-year-old actress and radio star recalled the moment her mother woke her up in the middle of the night to tell her about her father’s death.

She was just 17 at the time.

Gemma still hasn’t accepted that her dad is gone but tries to look to the future as much as possible.

“Anger and constant looking back gets us nowhere,” she said in her most recent social media offering, alongside some family photos of her dad.

Recalling the life-changing moment, Gemma shared her father’s advice online.

She told those dealing with grief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that they “will get through it”.

“19 yrs ago today my life changed with 1 phone call.

“I still remember mum coming into my room in the middle of the night to tell me Dad had died. He’d had a heart attack,” she wrote on Instagram, in view of her 1.6 million followers.

“Grief sucks. It’s difficult & different for everyone but something we all have to go through.

“One thing I know for sure is that the world keeps turning with or without us and time still passes.

“Dad always used to say to me, ‘Don’t let the b*****ds grind you down’.

“He always said to keep on going because better times were coming,” she went on to add.

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Gemma continued: “I learnt to live with my new circumstance and way of life without dad in it.

“I’ve still not accepted it 100 per cent and I question daily why a loving, present and caring dad would be taken over one that couldn’t care less for his family, but I guess that’s just life.

“It’s unfair at times but anger and constant looking back gets us nowhere.”

The mum-of-one, who shares one-year-old daughter Mia with fiancé Gorka Marquez, reached out to others facing similar heartache.

“To anyone who’s suffered a recent loss and is thinking you’ll feel this way forever I can tell you, you won’t.

“Life moves on and you have to keep going because better times are coming.

“You will get through it and you will feel strong again.

“Remember that, and don’t let the b*****ds grind you down,” she signed off, echoing her father’s words.

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