Ruth Langsford was told she returned to work too soon after her sister’s death as she opens up on grief

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Ruth Langsford has revealed she was told she had returned to work “too early” after the sad death of her sister.

Loose Women presenter Ruth, 61, was plunged into heartbreak and grief when her sister Julia tragically took her own life in 2019 following a battle with depression.

Ruth, who recently scolded Phillip Schofield and called him a cynic, has been incredibly candid about the loss of her sister.

And the star opened up once again on Wednesday 12 May’s episode of Loose Women about getting back to normal after the death of a loved one.

Ruth explained that she felt it was best for her to get back to work as soon as possible as she wanted work to “take her away” from her feelings of grief, as the panel discussed the topic after the Queen returned to her royal duties this week.

She told fellow panellists Janet Street Porter, Frankie Bridge and Coleen Nolan: “It got me thinking about returning to work or duty or whatever it is you have to do in your life after a bereavement, you know, when you’re grieving.

“I think everybody’s very different. When my sister died, I actually needed to get back to work.

“I wouldn't say I looked forward to it but I needed that structure back in my life, I needed something to get up for in the morning and also that I could shut off the grief for a bit and have a cry in the shower and go, ‘Come on, pull yourself together, work now.’”

Ruth continued to explain that once she returned to work she felt pangs of guilt.

She told her fellow panellists: “I needed that to take myself away from the grief, actually. And it's interesting, people's reaction as well to watching you – 'Is she alright? Is she going to cry?' Especially a show like this, we laugh a lot.

“And it's strange, that first time you do anything where you want to laugh or you're required to laugh, where you're required to look like you're having fun, there's almost a guilty feeling. Like, ‘should I be enjoying my life again so soon?’”

Janet Street-Porter then pointed out that she had heard people tell Ruth that she had returned to work too early following his sister’s passing. Janet, 74, explained that she understood Ruth’s reasons behind getting back into the office.


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Ruth said: “What do I do then? Just sit at home and cry all day?”

It comes after Ruth admitted she had considered quitting her career in TV following her sibling’s passing.

Speaking in June 2020, Ruth revealed: “It seemed wrong to be cheery on screen, when, inside, my heart was breaking.”

She continued to tell Best magazine that Eamonn would comfort Ruth as she would "cry, scream and sob" for the first month following Julia's death.

“Eamonn pointed out that he was, in effect, losing not one, but two of the most precious people in his life – Julia and me. He showed me how I had so much to live for in Julia's memory – and beyond”.

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