Ruth Langsford talks ‘feeling guilty’ at the way she coped with grief after sister’s death

Ruth Langsford on returning to work after sister's death

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Ruth Langsford’s sister Julia Johnson died in 2019 aged 62 following a battle with depression. Almost two years on from her death, the Loose Women presenter spoke out on how working helped her through the difficult time.

In a segment about returning to work after a loved one’s passing, she explained: “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.”

Ruth added returning to work was a good way of dealing with her grief, but admitted she felt bad laughing again.

Speaking on the show, she continued: “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?”

Ruth’s sister was found dead by her husband at their Surrey home in June 2019.

Her death was later ruled as suicide by a coroner.

Announcing her death on Instagram, the This Morning host wrote: “My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness.

“My heart is completely broken.She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever.

“As I am sure you will appreciate, I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding.”

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In September, the mother-of-one said she still had “so many questions that can’t be answered” about Julia’s death.

She told Prima Magazine: “It still feels like yesterday that I lost my sister. When you lose somebody, it’s just horrible.

“But when someone takes their own life, it leaves you with so many questions that can’t be answered.”

Ruth went on to say her sibling wanted her to live a happy life, with husband Eamonn Holmes and their son Jack.

Eamonn discussed Julia’s death on the Human Nature podcast last year.

He said his wife was “very caring” and “loving” towards her sister.

He added: “We were a loving family, Ruth could not have done more for her sister, and I think you know, it takes a lot of getting over that, a lot of getting over.”

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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