Gloria Hunniford has said it was a ‘privilege’ to be there for her daughter as she fought her long battle with breast cancer.
Her daughter Caron passed away in 2004 at the age of 41, seven years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Caron left behind her two sons, Charlie and Gabriel, who were just 10 and seven at the time.
Gloria, who was recently revealed as the Snow Leopard in ITV’s The Masked Singer, appeared on Tuesday’s Loose Women where she said she felt lucky to have been able to say goodbye to her daughter as some parents don’t get the chance.
‘I knew Caron had cancer, she did fortunately live for seven years [after her diagnosis],’ the heartbroken mum said.
Knowing your child is battling a serious illness means ‘you treasure every single second you have,’ she told panelists Coleen Nolan, Brenda Edwards and Ruth Langsford.
‘Caron was so positive about beating it that we had to join her positivity, we had to believe that she was going to beat it,’ Gloria recalled.
‘She never talked about death, she only talked about life.’
Speaking about the difference between someone dying suddenly, or over a long period of time, Gloria said both would bring a particular type of pain.
However, on being able to have that extra time with Caron, she said: ‘It was a privilege to be with her at her birth and there at the end as well.
‘It was a privilege.’
Gloria became visibly emotional as she spoke about losing her daughter, with Brenda reaching over to try and give her a hug despite the distance between them.
The conversation had turned to the devastating loss of a child as the panel discussed new ITV docu-drama Anne, which is based on the Hillsborough disaster.
‘Anne’ refers to Anne Williams, the mother of a 15-year-old boy who died in the crush which claimed 97 lives, and who fought for truth and justice on behalf of her son and the other victims for decades.
One scene in the critically acclaimed series shows Anne saying goodbye to her son as he prepares to head off the match at Hillsborough, not knowing it would be the last time she would see him alive.
Gloria had commented that, for mothers, no matter how old your child is, they will always be the baby you had carried with you, and she felt lucky to be able to be there for Caron at the very end.
Loose Women airs from 12.30pm on weekdays on ITV and ITV Hub.
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