‘Raw’ and ‘honest’: Rio Ferdinand praised for documentary about grief
Did you watch Rio Ferdinand’s heartbreaking documentary last night? If you did you were probably in tears in front of the BBC One programme being Mum and Dad, just as members of the UKMums.TV team were as he recounted how he’s trying to come to terms with the death of his wife and mother of his children.
In case you missed it (and we’d highly recommend seeing the programme, but make sure you have a big box of tissues handy!) the former Manchester United football star opened up his life to the cameras to reveal how he’s struggling with his loss after Rebecca tragically lost her battle with breast cancer two years ago, aged 34, while he also tries to be both parents to his three young children, Lorenz, 10, Tate, eight, and Tia, five.
It was an incredibly emotional watch as we saw Rio break down in tears several times throughout the hour-long documentary and search for ways he could help his two sons and daughter come to terms with their grief. Rio’s been praised widely on social media for his honest portrayal in which he described how he’s trying to cope by keeping himself busy and throwing himself in to work. Sports presenter Gabby Logan sent a tweet calling the programme “raw” and “honest”. However, he also felt he hadn’t grieved properly after meeting other widowed dads from a support group. But is he right to question his stiff upper lip?
Some viewers say he’s been too hard on himself and that he shouldn’t feel under pressure to deal with his grief differently. Whatever the answer, we think you’re an inspiration Rio and we’re sure other families going through similar experiences will have found comfort from your honest account just by knowing they’re not alone.
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