Katherine Jenkins has thanked the grief counsellor who tackled her bereavement at 15.
The 38-year-old lost her father Selwyn, 70, within just two months of learning he had lung cancer and struggled to process the emotions of his sudden death.
Katherine began counselling while she was going through her GCSE exams and says it made her the person she is today.
Katherine revealed: When I was 15 and getting over the death of my father, I saw an amazing grief counsellor who helped me process what had happened and helped me understand my feelings.
I really dont think I would be this person today without that help.
The singer has now recorded a song, Jealous Of The Angels, with a choir of bereaved school pupils, (aged 5-11) to raise awareness of the help available for bereaved children.
The choir was set up to provide alternative creative therapy for children who do not feel comfortable with, or are unable to benefit from, traditional counselling.
Katherine previously spoke about the grief that she faced at 16 when Selwyn was told he had six months to live, and died within just two.
He passed away very quickly, she told The Big Issue. It was a few weeks before my GCSE exams.
It was a really difficult, unexpected time. I dont think anyone ever deals with it well, its a shock to lose a parent at any age.
But at that time in my life it was really hard. I look back now and wonder how I managed to keep it all together.
Katherine is now a mum of two after welcoming a son in April this year.
She paid a special tribute to her father by naming the newborn Xander Robert Selwyn Levitas.
His middle names honour our late fathers who live on in our little “Defender of Men” (Meaning of Xander). she said at the time.
The musician and her husband Andrew Levitas also have three-year-old daughter Aaliyah.
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