Wynonna Judd Says ‘This Cannot Be How The Judds Story Ends’

Wynonna Judd is opening up about her grieving process, one month after her mother, Naomi Judd, passed away. The 58-year-old opened up on social media about how she is coping, and the steps she is taking to make sure she is as healthy as possible, amid her sorrow.

“There is so much happening in the world right now,” Judd began. “So before I sat down to write this, I thought, ‘No…I just don’t know what to say.’ Then, I heard the words from my life coach asking me, ‘What do you know?’ And I began to cry.”

Judd spoke about the tragic way her mother passed away, by taking her own life, one day before The Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“I DO know, that the pain of losing Mom on 4/30 to suicide is so great, that I often feel like I’m not ever going to be able to fully accept and surrender to the truth that she left the way she did,” Judd said. “This cannot be how The Judds story ends. I DO know, that in order to be a healthier grandparent to my firstborn grandchild Kaliyah, {born 4/13, 2 weeks and 2 days before Mom left}, to break the cycle of addiction and family dysfunction, that I must continue to show up for myself {first} and do the personal healing work.

“I know that it is a simple steps program, and those steps are not easy to take at times,” she added. “Therefore, I’ve made a commitment to keep doing the ‘next right thing,’ and schedule weekly appointments so that I continue with the ongoing work, even when I have good days.”

Judd also admitted that the aftermath of losing her mother is a painful journey that she is struggling to navigate.

“I DO know, that I feel so helpless—right now especially,” Judd conceded. “I DO know, that as corny as it sounds, “Love Can Build A Bridge.’ I find myself humming the song that Mom wrote for the fans, to myself here on the farm at night.

“I really DO know, that I’m not able to do this grieving thing all by myself, and that it’s okay to reach out for help,” she continued. “I will continue to fight for my faith, for my SELF, for my family, and I WILL continue to show up and sing. Thank you all for your love and support. Let’s check in more often.”

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Posted by Wynonna on Sunday, May 29, 2022


At the public memorial honoring Naomi’s life, Judd vowed to continue their farewell The Final Tour, celebrating their music with what was supposed to be their proper goodbye to their fans.

“So I’ve made a decision, and I thought I’d share it on national television that, after a lot of thought, I’m gonna have to honor her and do this tour,” Judd said at the time. “I’m just gonna have to, ’cause that’s what you would want. Bono once told me, give them what they want, not what you want … So tonight as we close, I say, the show must go on, as hard as it may be. We will show up together, and you will carry me as you’ve carried me for 38 years once again.”

Faith HillTrisha YearwoodAshley McBrydeLittle Big Town and Brandi Carlile have already signed on to join Judd for The Final Tour, with more artists expected to be announced. Martina McBride, slated to serve as the opening act on select dates of the tour, will still serve as the opening act for some of the dates.

Tour dates and venue information can be found at TheJudds.com.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available 24/7 from the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255.