Lottie Tomlinson opened up about the grief she went through after she lost both her mom and sister. The influencer was left devastated after her mother, Johannah Deakin, died in 2016 following her short battle with leukemia.
After that, in 2019, her younger sister Félicité died from an accidental overdose when she was 18. Lottie, 21, is currently working to highlight the need for better bereavement support for younger people, discussing the criticism she faced for going on a night out days after her mom passed.
In an interview, the makeup artist and entrepreneur talked about what she went through after losing the loved ones. She shared: “When I lost my mum, I felt like I was thrown into the deep end. I’d never, ever experienced anything like that and she wasn’t ill for that long, so I didn’t get much time to prepare for it. “The first year was so hard and so up-and-down for me. And then with Fizz [Félicité], I was a few years into the grief of my mum and adding that on top… I think, though, I’ve got to a point now where I’ve somewhat accepted what’s happened. “I’ve tried to find positives in the situation. It took me a while to get there, of course. But I see myself as lucky because I had an amazing mum for 18 years, and I had an amazing sister too, and they can now be together, which is a really lovely thought for both of them. It feels like they were meant to be together.” Lottie also opened up about the different ways we deal with grief and said that some people tend to question the way others act when they have lost someone. There is no right way to experience loss. Lottie added: “I think people that haven’t gone through it will look at some things that you do and not understand.