There will never be another like the late, great Naomi Judd.
On April 30th, at 76 years old, the country music icon Naomi Judd tragically died by suicide, just a day before her formal induction into the the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Naomi’s daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, carried forth with the induction ceremony, and followed it up with a public memorial at the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryamn Auditorium.
And in the wake of unthinkable tragedy, Wynonna is stepping up to continue the The Judds: The Final Tour, even in the sad absence of her beloved mother.
And not only is she still hitting the road, she’s turning it into the most epic girls night out you could even imagine, having Martina McBride open select night with a full set of her own hits before Wynonna take the stage. The tour will also feature Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Trisha Yearwood, and more.
However this morning, Wynonna “checked in” on Instagram, sharing an emotional post about how she’s doing now almost a month removed from the tragic death of her mother.
And needless to say, she confessed that it’s been incredibly difficult:
There is so much happening in the world right now. So before I sat down to write this, I thought, ‘No…I just don’t know what to say.’ Then, I heard the words from my life coach asking me, ‘What do you know?’ And I began to cry.
WHAT DO I KNOW??
I DO know, that the pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, that I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did. This cannot be how The Judds’ story ends.
I DO know, that in order to be a healthier grandparent to my firstborn grandchild Kaliyah, (born 4/13, 2 weeks & 2 days before Mom left), to break the cycle of addiction & family dysfunction, that I must continue to show up for myself (first) and do the personal healing work.
I know that it is a simple steps program, and those steps are not easy to take at times. Therefore, I’ve made a commitment to keep doing the “next right thing,” and schedule weekly appointments so that I continue with the ongoing work, even when I have good days.
I DO know, that I feel so helpless, right now especially.
I DO know, that as corny as it sounds, ‘Love Can Build A Bridge.’ I find myself humming the song that Mom wrote for the fans, to myself here on the farm at night.
I really DO know, that I’m not able to do this grieving thing all by myself, and that it’s okay to reach out for help. I will continue to fight for my faith, for my SELF, for my family, and I WILL continue to show up & sing.
Thank you all for your love and support. Let’s check in more often.”