Sarah Parish has candidly spoken about how the devastation of losing her baby daughter put an emotional strain on her marriage.
The Broadchurch actress and her husband James Murray lost their girl Ella-Jayne in January 2009, just eight months after they welcomed her into the world.
In a brave column for the MailOnline, the star admitted that they initially didn’t know how to best support each other through such a heartbreaking time, and that the founding of the Murray Parish Trust saved their relationship.
“It would take the most emotionally mature people to be able to cope in that situation, and to comfort one another in the correct way,” she said.
“I can only say now, eight years later, that I’m not sure we were able to do that at the the time. We have made mistakes and done things that don’t work for each other – and you either end up together, or you don’t.”
Sarah credited the Murray Parish Trust – which was created in the memory of their daughter – with giving them something to focus on.
She explained how losing their girl meant they were both suffering equally but in their own separate form of sadness, and had to find a new perspective to help each other through it.
“I had support from my friends. But at home, Jim and I did things that didn’t work for each other,” she admitted.
“The pressure of grief is such that you end up separating or, miraculously, you don’t.”