Michael Mosley's widow shares 'overwhelming grief' as BBC prepare for day of tributes

Michael Mosley and wife Clare
-Credit: (Image: Michael Mosley Instagram)

Dr Michael Mosley's family are finding it "very hard" to cope with the "overwhelming" grief they have faced since his tragic death. His wife, Dr Clare Bailey, said the family were taking "each day at a time" as they put their lives "back together" without him

The health guru, 67, died of natural causes last month after he went missing on the Greek island of Symi. He had been holidaying with his wife of almost 40 years at the time and she had raised the alarm when he failed to return from a coastal walk.

Dr Bailey, who shared four adult children with the TV doctor, said she had been moved by the "extraordinary outpouring of grief and gratitude" since her husband's tragic death. She also said the 'Just One Thing Day' being held across the BBC in his honour on Friday, July 12, was "wonderful".

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Taking to Instagram, Dr Bailey said: "We are trying to put our lives back together without Michael and it’s very hard. Not all the time. We can smile and laugh too. As well as comfort each other. Grief can feel overwhelming. Light and beautiful. Catch you by surprise. Feel like the weight of a stone or a sharp pain. It changes unexpectedly. As people often say, it’s a journey, not all sad and you take each day at a time.

"The extraordinary outpouring of grief and gratitude for Michael and how he has changed so many lives is very moving, including the heartfelt thoughts and kindness extended to us as a family, for which we are incredibly grateful.

"We sincerely hope that we can continue to share his positive message going forward. Because while we are learning to live without Michael, he is ever-present through the lives that he touched and the difference he made."

She added: "The BBC’s celebration of Michael’s life tomorrow with ‘Just One Thing Day’ is wonderful. A day dedicated to the impact he had on people’s lives and to celebrate his legacy within broadcasting and beyond – it's humbling and delightful all at once. We are so grateful."

The day has been named after Dr Mosley's popular BBC Radio 4 podcast. The day will be based on his ethos to “encourage healthy habits by introducing easy routines or simple swaps into daily life to improve health and wellbeing”, the BBC has said.

BBC Radio 4 will be leading the charge on the day, kicking off on the Today show, which will welcome those who have changed their lives as a result of Dr Mosley's tips. TV shows Morning Live and The One Show, where Mosley was a regular contributor, will also join in and celebrate his legacy.