February 09, 2020

Céline Dion Talks about Healing after Mom Thérèse's Recent Death

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Celine Dion talked about the recent passing of her mother, and how she has found 'healing' while trying to process her feelings as she grieved over such a painful loss in her life.

Celine Dion is no stranger to the impact of death, and losing someone close to her. In 2016, she lost her husband René Angélil, to a long battle with cancer.

On January 17, 2020, she received the news of her mother, Thérèse Tanguay-Dion's passing while performing at her "Courage World Tour" concert in Miami, Florida. 


Before hitting the stage in honor of her mother she shared a throwback, which showed her posing for a picture with her parents and 13 siblings. In her caption she wrote:

"Maman, we love you so much…We dedicate tonight’s show to you and I’ll sing to you with all my heart. Love, Céline xx…"


In an interview with PEOPLE, Celine opened about her latest album titled "Courage," which is her first English studio album since the passing of her husband.

The album, is aptly named "Courage" because it speaks to the pain, heartbreak, love and strength she has overcome in the past few years. She told the magazine that she hoped her fans will use her music to find their own "happiness, peace, comfort, strength."


In speaking about her mother, Celine said she was an amazing person, particularly because Thérèse, along with her husband was able to raise 14 children with very little money.

She admitted that her family did not grow up rich, which was hard, but they made up for it with "love and affection." As a mother of three, she said focusing on her children has helped her heal while she grieves.


Gushing over where her musical talents came from, she said her mother was a great musician, and loved singing, she revealed:

"She wrote my very first song. She was an amazing cook. She was incredibly funny and loved to laugh. She was my hero. I miss her so much… we all do!"

Celine Dion and her mother, Therese Tanguay-Dion sit in the audience at the premiere for "Celine: Through The Eyes of The World" on February 16, 2010, in Miami Beach, Florida | Source: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sony

It reported, before she became famous, singing was such a big part of the Dion family's life, so much so, that when she was an infant her family toured Canada as a group called "Dion's Family."

Her family's love for music would continue after they stopped touring and opened a piano bar. It was called Le Vieux Baril, where Celine began performing at just five-years-old.