Malin Andersson shares a moving message about grief on the anniversary of her daughter's birth

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: GORC - Getty Images
Photo credit: GORC - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Love Island's Malin Andersson has shared a moving post on Instagram to mark what should have been her daughter, Consy's second birthday. Tragically, Consy passed away in January 2019 at just four weeks old, after being born seven weeks premature.

On December 23, 2018, Malin welcomed the baby and named her Consy, after her late mother who passed away from skin cancer in November 2017. But following the early birth, baby Consy was transferred to the intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street hospital in London, and died less than a month later.

In an online tribute to baby Consy, Malin celebrated her daughter's short life and opened up about how she has overcome grief in the years since her loss. "Happy Birthday Baby Girl," she wrote alongside a heart emoji. "Today - you would have been 2 years old. I always wonder how you would have been like... and what you would have looked like.

"Would you have had the same crazy care-free personality as me? Would you have been obsessed with the moon and stars, and the love for cheese and olives.. and racing cars. I will never know," she poignantly wrote.

28-year-old Malin went on to explain in her post how the pain of losing a child "never truly gets easier." Instead, "you kind of learn how to deal with the ongoing pain. The pain becomes part of who you are - an add on extension of your personality."

The former reality TV contestant briefly referenced the unhealthy relationship she was in at the time, saying the "grieving process was made difficult because of the toxicity I was in." But in a word of encouragement for anyone else going through a similar dark time, she added: "Life isn’t always smooth - in fact we all know it can be very far from... but we need to do what’s best for ourselves. Our own mental health is a priority - and I will do anything now to make sure my mind is on form.

"If you’re suffering, still in pain, grieving - start putting yourself first and begin the healing journey that you should be on."

Our thoughts are with Malin on this difficult day.

Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) supports anyone affected by the death of a baby. For help and support, call their Freephone helpline on 0808 164 3332, email them at helpline@sands.org.uk, or visit their website.


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