Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the 61-year-old shared several pictures of her brother David, some displayed around her home, as she marked the day of his passing.
‘A day of sad reflection, a day of mourning for the loss of a loved one 18 years ago today,’ her heartbreaking post began. ‘Waking up on December 5 many years ago, I can still feel the shock of the news running through my body, a chill and chill of disbelief.
‘I love David, I miss you so much, you are my anchor, my brother, the place I go when things get tough and for those bear hugs you can only dream now. about them. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and all the time I have to spend with you. Family to you is everything. A fierce and protective brother, son and father.
‘This week my mind has been all over the place remembering all those good times and bad times and of course what could happen. A life lost that in my opinion could have been saved if we had [sic] get more educated and understand more about communicating our feelings about how we feel. ‘
The stern judge then added, heartbreakingly: ‘Forgive me for being uneducated. Mental Health is key, kindness and understanding are so important in today’s society. I will keep you in a small pocket very close to my heart, so that I can always feel close to you. ‘
Dancer Shirley went on to acknowledge David’s daughter and grandson Mark, her stepson, as she admits: ‘Life is also tough for those left behind but rest assured no matter where you are. you are still very much loved. Our mom talks about you every day and I’m glad she can now express her feelings, which is very important. She misses her guy with all of her being. ‘
She ended her post: ‘We miss you forever [sic] we take a single breath, rest in peace my dear brother until we meet again. It’s heartbreaking to write this, but I know you’re watching us wherever we go. You love David so much. ‘
Serious stars shared their love and support for Shirley on a difficult day in the comments section, with professional dancer Johannes Radebe writing: ‘Sending love’, with a colored heart emoji yellow.
Host Claudia Winkleman also left her love on the post, a former serious professional James Jordan.
She explained: ‘When my brother passed away, he had a lot of challenges with his mental health and Seriously gave me a platform where I can talk about it more.
‘I feel this is a tribute to my brother and I’m delighted to have everyone get involved and talk about how they’re feeling and learn about tools that can help people.’
Shirley added: ‘For me there’s more to it than just the glitz and glamor you see on Seriously Coming to Dancing. We all suffer from the same problems.
Seriously come to dance returns tonight at 7:20pm on BBC One.
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