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Sunday 6 November 2016

Georgia Love: Mother's Death + Farewell

'The Bachelorette' Georgia Love has posted a loving tribute to her mother, who has died aged 60. Today, was the funeral for Georgia's beloved mother.

Georgia said on Instagram she is "utterly broken" by the death of mum Belinda, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just six months ago.

The news comes just days after the finale of the show with Love sharing a collage of photos with her mum, remarking how quickly her death came.

"7 weeks ago we were sipping cocktails in Italy. 7 months ago you weren't even sick. How is it possible you're no longer here?" she wrote.

"Mum, you were my first friend and my best friend, my rock, the one who knew me better than anyone in the world and who supported and backed me through every single thing I did."

Here is that post:

Belinda has also called for an increased awareness of pancreatic cancer.

She said she is "so overwhelmed by the huge outpouring of love, support and condolences from all over the world since announcing the devastating news of my beautiful mum's passing.

I'm absolutely amazed by the number of messages I've received from others who've been through or are going through the same heartbreak, let alone from those who are just sending well wishes. Thank you to every single person who has shared even a single thought for me and my family."

Georgia has also used the heartfelt post to draw attention to pancreatic cancer, which her mother suffered from. She wrote "this is an absolutely awful time in our lives and we know the hurt will continue for a long time. But one thing my mum taught me was to believe in paying it forward and that from every negative can come even the slightest positive.

So I hope my family's gut wrenching loss can create some awareness of the brutal disease that is pancreatic cancer and hopefully do some good in helping to find a cure."

Georgia also highlighted November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and encouraged readers to head to the Pancare site to donate, with the honourable goal of supporting carers and families of those with the disease.

Her post concluded wing some sobering stats: there is a 7% survival rate for those diagnosed with the cancer. According to Pancare, that equates to a full 2,823 Aussies dying of the disease every year. 
Rest in peace, Belinda. So you, so sad.

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