Naomi Judd’s daughter Wynonna has spoken of her grief a month after her mom’s death (Picture: AP)

Naomi Judd’s daughter Wynonna has shared a heartbreaking message on the pain of losing her mom, a month after her death.

The Judds singer, and country music icon, died in April at the age of 76, with the news confirmed in a statement by her loved ones.

Ashley Judd later confirmed that their mother had died by suicide during an emotional interview on Good Morning America.

Taking to Instagram, her sister has opened up about feeling ‘helpless’ following their devastating loss.

‘Checking in. 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,’ the 57-year-old wrote in a lengthy caption.

‘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.

Naomi Judd died shortly before she was inducted into the Hall of Fame (Picture: AP)

‘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,’ Wynonna continued.

‘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.’

Ashley and sister Wynonna confirmed the sad news (Picture: WireImage)

She added: ‘Thank you all for your love and support. Let’s check in more often.’

Fans flooded the comments with support for the musician, with one penning: ‘Keep doing the next right thing. Love ya [sic].’

A follower said: ‘You are so beautifully strong! You’re an inspiration. Keep on keeping on!!!!’

‘This is so beautifully written. I so needed to hear it today. Thank you for sharing your heart with us,’ an Instagram user commented.

Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.

— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) April 30, 2022

‘This. Thank you for showing up and being vulnerable,’ another agreed.

As a fan added: ‘God Bless You Wynonna. You are doing all the work, it is a very tough road but you can do it.’

Ashley and Wynonna confirmed the news of mom Naomi’s death in a joint statement on April 30.

‘Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered,’ it read.

‘We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.’

The Double Jeopardy actress later became emotional in a chat with Diane Sawyer on GMA, where she spoke of their loss, explaining that she was the one to find her body.

‘I have both grief and trauma from discovering her,’ she said.

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‘When we’re talking about mental illness, it’s very important to be clear and to make the distinction between our loved one and the disease. It’s very real. It lies, it’s savage.

‘My mother, our mother, couldn’t hang on until she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by her peers. That is the level of catastrophe of what was going on inside of her.

‘The lie that the disease told her was so convincing. [The lie] that you’re not enough, that you’re not loved, that you’re not worthy. Her brain hurt. It physically hurt.’

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