This time of year can be especially hard for people missing loved ones who have passed, something Billie Lourd knows very well. The 27-year-old actress lost her mom, Star Wars star Carrie Fisher, and her grandmother, actress Debbie Reynolds, within a few days of each other back in December 2016.
On Christmas Day, Lourd took to Instagram to share a touching message for those feeling down during this time.
"Happy holidays! (But also sad/emotional/weird/stressful holidays!) Sending my love to everyone who has lost someone they loved and is missing them a little extra today. I see you," she wrote.
"It’s okay if everything ain’t all merry and bright. It can be a mix of all of it. And it’s all okay. Feel all the feelings - the good and the not so good. Eat something delish they used to love. Put on one of their favorite songs. Tell a story about them. Cry about them. Call one of their friends you haven’t talked to in a while. Be kind and patient with yourself. Don’t grieve in silence. You’re not alone.
Fans flocked to the comments with appreciation. "Thanks for this. Lost my dad in September and I can’t quite find the Christmas joy I’ve always had," one wrote.
"I needed to hear this today. Sending you love and light as you go through the same," another said.
"Thanks for this. We lost my mother in February and father-in-law last month. It’s been a year," a thankful fan commented.
"Billie, you’re amazing, your mum was amazing, your grandma was amazing. All absolutely inspiring, strong women. They would be so, so proud of you," a fourth person replied.
Fisher suffered a medical emergency on a Dec. 23, 2016 flight from London to Los Angeles. She died after four days in intensive care. After her death, Reynolds shared a message on Facebook about her daughter:
"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop."
Just one day after Fisher's death, Reynolds suffered a stroke and passed away, as well.
Fisher is currently posthumously starring in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.