The 'Heartbreakers' star's mother passed away at the age of 67 in 2012 after battling cancer.
Ten years after the death of her mother, Jennifer Love Hewitt remembered her "best friend" in a heartbreaking tribute shared on social media. According to Los Angeles Times, the 9-1-1 star's mom, Patricia Hewitt, passed away at the age of 67 on June 12, 2012, "from complications of cancer." Posting a throwback photograph of herself and her mom on Instagram on Sunday, Hewitt wrote: "Today is 10 years since losing my best friend. Someone told me after losing my mom that the first year would feel impossible, the years after would build strength in me and then the 10-year mark would be an open wound all over again. Because it would feel insane to have been without her that long."
"They were right. Today feels very raw. I will never forget not making it to say goodbye. I will never forget walking into her house that day and hoping somehow she would come around the corner, waking up the day after praying it was all a bad dream," she continued. "The countless times I called her by accident when something good or bad happened because I forgot she couldn't pick up. I am proud of the way I’ve handled grief. But I wish it wasn’t so painful." In the post, The Ghost Whisperer star credited her mother for helping her build a family.
"Today I will celebrate her because I know she helped me build my family. My incredible children and a wonderful man who helps me every day create our little unit. She knew it's all I ever wanted. And I know she is with us every day," Hewitt wrote in the post. She also shared how she planned to honor her mother on the solemn occasion. "I will eat and drink her favorite things today. The kids and I will look at pics of Mimi and all her adventures and I will feel so grateful that she was mine if only for awhile," the tribute stated.
Jennifer Love Hewitt Shares Heartbreaking Tribute to Her Late Mom: 'Feels Very Raw' https://t.co/RUNnDnvFxC— People (@people) June 20, 2022
Many friends, fans and well-wishers responded to Hewitt's Instagram post, sending her supportive messages on the emotional occasion. One of them was the 13 Going on 30 actor, Jennifer Garner, who commented: "The most dynamic, amazing pair. Love to you, Love."
Patricia Hewitt was a trained speech-language pathologist who moved from Texas to Los Angeles after her divorce in 1989, allowing Jennifer the opportunity to try her hand at acting, Huffpost reports. Patricia was The Client List star's biggest supporter, with Hewitt once revealing that her mom found her role as a prostitute in the 2010 TV movie "hilarious." According to PEOPLE, recounting Patricia's take on the character, Hewitt joked: "She was like, 'So let's review... For 15 years people have been talking about your boobs. Earlier this year, you wrote about your hoo haw in a book. Now you're playing a crack ho on TV.' She was like, 'Do you think maybe you could do an animated movie next?'"
'9-1-1' Fans Rally Around Jennifer Love Hewitt After She Opens Up in Emotional Instagram https://t.co/9HL505LdoK— Country Living (@CountryLiving) December 21, 2021
In a statement following Patricia's death, Hewitt's representative said: "[Patricia] was an angel to all who knew her and they are grateful she is now in a better place. They ask for privacy at this difficult time." The star herself is a mother to three kids—Autumn James, 9, Atticus James, who turns 7 on June 24, and Aidan James, 9 months—with husband Brian Hallisay. The actor was especially missing her mother last year during Christmastime, Good Housekeeping reported. Hewitt’s mother-in-law had made them ornaments for the holiday. "My mother-in-law handmade these ornaments for us. They mean so much," the actor wrote on Instagram. "We are doing the tree today and I'm feeling very blessed. Family is everything. I cried so hard last night missing my mommy. She was all the magic of Christmas."
According to E! News, the Criminal Minds star posted a similar tribute in 2018, expressing her regret that her children never got to meet their grandmother. "I hate that my kids never met her and my husband only got to dance with her once. But I love that she was my mom and I can now give a little bit of her magic back to my family. I miss you, mom. Forever and always," she wrote. Hewitt concluded her tribute this time as well in a similar fashion writing, “I love you, mama. Always and forever."