Little things are enough to remind her of her mother. "I feel like lately, she just crosses my mind, and I’ll turn and I see something that says ‘Betty,’ just unexpectedly."
You try to forget them but you can't, you think about them all the time, and everything around you reminds you of them. Losing a parent to death can be so crippling, it takes you so long to even talk about them without your eyes welling up.
When Julia Roberts opened up about her mother's death, she fought through tears to talk about how much she missed her. She lost her mother to lung cancer, according to the Daily Mail, and even felt like she was receiving signs from heaven while she thought about her.
There was so much she learned from her mother, who was a single mother who worked so hard to raise her and her siblings. “My mom worked a full-time job and raised three girls pretty much on her own,” she told People. “My brother [actor Eric Roberts] is older, so he was gone and out of the house. She never showed the strain of it.”
She admitted that she thinks about her mother "all the time" and little things are enough to remind her of her mother. “The kids talk about her a lot. It’s funny because her name was Betty and I feel like lately, she just crosses my mind, and I’ll turn and I see something that says ‘Betty,’ just unexpectedly," Julia Roberts said. "In Africa, I saw the name twice when I was thinking about her."
The most painful part was that she had to lose her mother to cancer just months after she had to experience the death of her half-sister. Julia Roberts shared a very strained relationship with her half-sister, Nancy Motes, who tragically took away her own life at the age of 37. The death of her mother and the death of her half-sister was roughly a year apart, according to Now To Love. Even though she didn't have the most perfect relationship with her sister, Julia Roberts was still deeply affected by it.
Just days after her sister's death, she spoke to WSJ Magazine and said. "It's just heartbreak. It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead."
She went on to say, "You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."
Her mother's death wasn't the first time she was watching cancer claim the life of someone dear to her. She was just 10 years old when her father also passed away from cancer. At a Stand Up To Cancer event in 2012, she said, "I don't remember his illness, really, but I remember him so dearly and vividly." Although she was quite young when it happened, she still feels the grief of not having him around as an adult. It hurts her to think that her grandchildren have to grow up without their grandpa around. "That's where you feel the real ripoff. He's not here to be a grandparent."
And a few years ago, the chance for her children to grow up with their grandmother doting over them was also taken away. Julia Roberts once recalled how she gave her mother uncooked pancakes as a child for mother's day but she never let her know because of how excited and happy Julia Roberts was to present them to her mum. Now, without grandma around, her children would miss those cherished experiences one would have with grandparents.
Emotionally, she was devastated with the death of her mother which came just after the tragedy of her half-sister. A source revealed, "(She's) suffered an emotional collapse. She was already reeling from her mom's cancer crisis," according to Business Standard.
Although her mother is no longer with her, Julia Roberts carries with herself. In an interview with ExtraTv, she said that she would do anything to protect her kids and said, “Oh, anything! I mean, that is the universal connective tissue of mothers and mother figures in the world. There is nothing you would not do to help, save, support, hold your child close."