Published On: Wed, May 5th, 2021

Tara Moss visits her late mother’s grave with daughter Sapphire

Tara Moss visits her late mother’s grave with daughter Sapphire after opening up about the tragic loss on Anh’s Brush with Fame

Tara Moss has shared a touching tribute to her late mother, Yanni. 

The model and author shared some photos from a recent visit to Yanni’s grave with her daughter Sapphira.

‘I am deeply grateful for every moment that I got to spend with my late mother Janni, who passed at just 43, and her beautiful parents, my Oma and Opa,’  the 47-year-old captioned the images.

‘I am deeply grateful for every moment’: Model and author Tara Moss visited her late mother’s grave with her daughter Sapphire this week

‘They made me into so much of the woman I am today, the mother I am today, the advocate,’ she continued.

‘Having a place to go to honour that connection is so important. For many years I did not have that – I could not just get in a car and visit her grave. I am grateful to now have this magical place close to home, to visit and pay my respects.

‘This is by no means my first visit, or Sapphira’s for that matter (she first came when she was one), but this time felt different. For the first decade or so, I wept every time I visited. 

‘Now, I feel connection and gratitude. I feel peace and belonging. I even feel joy,’ she finished.

'For the first decade or so, I wept every time I visited,' Tara wrote on Instagram

‘For the first decade or so, I wept every time I visited,’ Tara wrote on Instagram

This week, Tara broke down on Anh’s Brush With Fame as she discussed the death of her mother, Janni, who died of the rare cancer, multiple myeloma, in 1990 at age 43.

Tara was just 19 at the time, and described how her grief galvanised her to achieve something meaningful in her life.

‘I remember the next morning waking up and it seemed impossible to me that the sun rose and life went on and people went about their days and my mum was gone.

‘I remember hearing crying at night in the house, and realising it was my dad alone. You know, they’d been married for 25 years and they were… they were a team and he lost his love.

Emotional: This week, Tara broke down on Anh's Brush With Fame as she discussed the death of her mother, Janni, who died of the rare cancer, multiple myeloma, in 1990 at age 43

Emotional: This week, Tara broke down on Anh’s Brush With Fame as she discussed the death of her mother, Janni, who died of the rare cancer, multiple myeloma, in 1990 at age 43

‘And I just remember hearing these little noises at night and realising that he was crying by himself in his room with his partner gone. That was shattering.’

She added: ‘Her passing lit a fire under me and I needed to feel like I was worth the sacrifice she made to try to stay alive for me.’

Tara has relied on her walking stick for the past three years as a result of a hip injury, and shared details of her daily pain with Anh.

‘I was injured about four and a half years ago. It is something called complex regional pain syndrome, which is related to nerves and nerve damage. So that’s a part of my world,’ she said.

'I remember the next morning waking up and it seemed impossible to me that the sun rose and life went on and people went about their days and my mum was gone,' she said

‘I remember the next morning waking up and it seemed impossible to me that the sun rose and life went on and people went about their days and my mum was gone,’ she said

The writer uses a cane she calls ‘Wolfie’ and runs an Instagram account devoted to normalising walking stick use.

Tara began modelling at the age 14, before turning her attentions to writing, publishing her first novel, Fetish, in 1999.

She is now a bestselling author who has published 13 books in 18 countries and 13 languages around the world, and is considered one of Australia’s best crime novelists.

The former model lives in the Blue Mountains with her Australian poet husband Berndt Sellheim and their 10-year-old daughter Sapphira.

Raising awareness: Tara also discussed her hip injury on the ABC talk show

Raising awareness: Tara also discussed her hip injury on the ABC talk show

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