She posted a picture of her mum in a frame with two lit candles and a vase of flowers on the ten-year anniversary of her death.
She captioned the post: "My BELOVED Mum Cath, lost her battle with cancer ten years ago today, the pain, as I write this, is as raw as it was back then. You've heard it said many many times, 'it gets easier with time' does it???
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"The biggest hole is in my heart always, because my Mum was so unique, so funny, so compassionate, so caring, unbelievably happy, so giving with her time, to EVERYONE.
"She literally shone like the brightest star you've ever seen, and everybody says the same. 'Cath Riley, once met, never forgotten' hearing this still makes me cry. Because I suppose I struggle the most coming to terms with how young she was.
"The lesson I've learnt is this. I lean on my nearest and dearest, and for this I'm so incredibly blessed. My Al, my family, my best friends, my work family and work colleagues.
"You hold me up, on the days I'm down and really emotional, you all keep me laughing, because you know that's how I deal with things best…..
"For this today PLEASE accept my upmost gratitude. May anyone else feeling REAL grief today, read this, and find someone close whom they can talk to, as talking and expressing your inner feelings, helps. It really does, and I say this with truth and honesty."
Her post got numerous messages from friends and fans, some who are also going through the grief of losing someone close to them, and so the actress posted a thank you message on Instagram pointing out that "it's good to share".
The actress also recently took some time off from playing Mandy Dingle on the ITV soap after losing her grandmother.
If you identify with the themes in this article, the NHS has resources available to help with grief counselling and other support in the UK. In the US, the CDC also has resources available for those grieving.
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