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Karen Koster was overcome with emotion as she discussed her mother’s passing on television on Monday night.
She was left holding back tears as she opened up about the “unexpected loss”.
Marty Morrissey, who lost his mother just before Christmas, was on hand to comfort her and share his own advice with coping with the loss.
During her stint on The Six O’Clock Show, she spoke about her mother’s death for the first time.
“My mum passed away suddenly two weeks ago. It was very unexpected,” she explained.
“So the last couple of weeks, [as] I’m sure anyone who’s gone through a sudden loss [knows], it’s just been completely surreal.”
The Dublin native asked, “Can we show a picture just so everyone can see how gorgeous my mum was? This is me and my brother and sister. We celebrated her on Mother’s Day.”
“The weird thing is that since restrictions lifted, we almost made such a point of packing in as much memories as we could with mum.
“So, I nearly have a picture of every single time I saw her over the last year and every special occasion we had.
“So that’s been an amazing comfort to us as has all the messages that I’ve gotten from colleagues in front of the screen and behind the lens, from school mums to old friends, to family, to my husband.
“The kids have been unbelievably resilient, a bit too resilient actually. I’m like, ‘Be more sad, I can’t be a normal mum right now’.”
She went on to say that she was struggling to continue on as normal after her death.
“What can you do? You get through it and you put one foot in front of the other and it’s a strange time.
“She was a massive fan of the Six O’Clock Show so we have lost a very loyal fan. I just wanted to say that I’m not great tonight, I’m a bit shaky and that’s why.”
Meanwhile, Marty was on hand to share his words of wisdom, promising that “she’s with you all the time”.
“It’s a tough journey, there’s no point in denying it…But you’ve got to keep going. It’s like a rollercoaster, you’re up and down.
“The loneliness is tough at times but you think of her and what she’d want you to do. And she’d want you to get on with the show and be Karen.”