‘No parent ever gets over the loss of a child’: celebrity chef Maggie Beer reveals her grief over the death of her daughter Saskia at the age of 46
Maggie Beer has been reflecting on her daughter’s tragic death.
Saskia Beer, Maggie’s first-born child, died unexpectedly in her sleep last February at the age of just 46.
“ No parent ever gets over the loss of a child, I know that now, ” said the celebrity chef, 76, New idea on Monday.
Devastated: “No parent ever gets over the loss of a child, I know that now,” Maggie told New Idea on Monday as she discussed the death of daughter Saskia.
She also described the COVID-19 lockdown, which hit Australia shortly after Saskia’s death, as some sort of blessing in disguise.
“It was a gift not to have to see anyone,” Maggie said of social distance protocols.
She admitted that she hadn’t been able to go out in public, but instead found ‘focus’ in her cooking.
The culinary grandmaster was able to channel her grief in a series of cooking videos, taken with Saskia’s iPhone, that showed Australians how to prepare meals with available ingredients.
A missing piece: Saskia Beer, Maggie’s firstborn child [R], passed away unexpectedly in her sleep last February at the age of just 46
Meanwhile, her daughter’s memory lives on with her, the namesake of Saskia Beer Farm Produce, and the family founded the Saskia Beer Churchill Fellowship.
The Fellowship helps young people interested in food and agriculture to nurture and develop that passion.
Beloved Maggie has been open about her personal pain after her daughter’s death last February.
Told a tearful Maggie The Australian Women’s Weekly in November that her “heartbroken” family tried to cope with the trauma of the loss.
‘I don’t know if you can handle it. You find things to do, to engage. I don’t know if anyone is really taking it, ”she said.
Blessing in disguise: “It was a gift not to have to see anyone,” Maggie said of the social distance protocols put in place after the tragedy last year.
‘Your life has changed forever and this year was the worst of my life. But you have to turn your trauma into new things. ‘
Maggie announced her daughter’s death on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
“With heartbreak, we must let you all know that our beautiful, extraordinary daughter Saskia passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep Friday night,” she said at the time.
RIP: Maggie announced her daughter’s death on Sunday, February 16, 2020
Thousands paid their respects to Saskia when she died, from celebrity chefs and school friends to regulars, customers and fans who knew her from TV.
“The overwhelming outpouring of sympathy and support for Maggie, Colin and family during this tragic time is truly moving,” Maggie said at the time.
Besides Saskia, Maggie has another daughter, Elli.
Overwhelmed: “The overwhelming outpouring of sympathy and support for Maggie, Colin and family during this tragic time is truly moving,” Maggie said at the time. Seen here in 2018