On the seventh anniversary of her mother’s passing, Billie Lourd, the talented actress widely known for her role in “Scream Queens,” took to Instagram to pay a touching tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher. In a heartwarming post, Lourd shared a sweet childhood snapshot of herself and her mom, accompanied by a heartfelt caption expressing her ongoing grief and the profound impact her mother had on her life.
A Yearning for Connection
Lourd began her caption by acknowledging the passing of seven years since her mother’s death, humorously adding, “but who’s counting? Me, I guess?” She candidly revealed that each anniversary brings a different manifestation of her grief, evoking a range of emotions such as rage, sorrow, emptiness, guilt, and everything in between. This year, however, she woke up feeling grateful and coined the term “griefull” to describe this unique blend of grief and gratitude.
The Power of Grief
Grief has transformed Lourd’s perspective on life, infusing it with a newfound sense of appreciation. She finds herself savoring every moment of joy as if it were her last, cherishing the experiences she shares with her two children, Kingston and Jackson, whom she shares with her husband Austen Rydell. Lourd recounted a touching moment when she held her napping daughter and tears of joy welled up in her eyes. In that moment, she felt her mother’s presence, akin to the warmth of the sun on a summer day.
A Sparkle of Griefull
Lourd expressed that while she misses her mother every day, she also feels her constant presence. She believes that her mother lives among the stars, illuminating her life with sparkle. In her tribute, Lourd extended her love and support to all those grieving and hoped that amidst the complex emotions grief brings, everyone could find a little sparkle of “griefull.”
Remembering Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher, renowned for her iconic portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, tragically passed away in 2016 following a medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles. After being rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Fisher was placed on a ventilator but succumbed to her condition four days later at the age of 60. The devastating loss of Fisher was compounded by the passing of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just one day later.
Messages of Support
Lourd’s heartfelt tribute to her mother resonated with her fans and fellow celebrities. Actress Lily Collins, daughter of Genesis drummer Phil Collins, responded, “So beautifully said and felt.” Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, remarked, “moving with our grief is the most life-affirming thing we can do because it is the event that makes life so damn precious.” The outpouring of love and support from fans on this difficult anniversary was palpable.
Since her mother’s passing, Lourd has made it a tradition to post touching tributes to her “momby” on each anniversary. These tributes serve as a way for Lourd to honor her mother’s extraordinary life and enduring legacy. In May, Lourd accepted a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Fisher’s name, praising Princess Leia as a symbol of strength, grace, wit, and femininity. Lourd expressed her gratitude for the character that her mother brought to life and how it has become a cherished family heirloom.
Passing the Torch
Lourd also shared how she has developed a deep love for Leia and the Star Wars universe since her mother’s passing. From initially being reluctant to watch the films, she has become an “obsessive Star Wars fan.” Lourd has passed down her love for Princess Leia to her children, Kingston and Jackson. Although they won’t have the chance to meet their grandmother, Lourd takes solace in the fact that they will know a piece of her through the iconic character. Leia has become a symbol of hope and inspiration, not just for Lourd’s family, but for countless fans who continue to be touched by her mother’s portrayal.
A Lasting Legacy
Lourd expressed her appreciation for the enduring love fans have for Princess Leia, knowing that it will continue to be passed on from generation to generation. She shared her experience at Star Wars Celebration, where she witnessed mothers, daughters, and even grandmothers dressed up as Leia, paying homage to her mother’s impact. Lourd recognizes that her mother’s legacy lives on, inspiring and resonating with people of all ages.
Billie Lourd’s heartfelt tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher, on the seventh anniversary of her passing, serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring bond between a mother and daughter. Lourd’s ability to find gratitude within her grief and share her experiences with her own children is a testament to the impact Fisher had on her life. As fans and loved ones continue to honor Fisher’s memory, her legacy as Princess Leia remains a symbol of strength, inspiration, and resilience for generations to come.