Kidman barred from grief meetings


Nicole Kidman played a bereaved mother in Rabbit Hole

Nicole Kidman has revealed she was prevented from attending a meeting for bereaved parents – because she wasn’t one of them.

The Oscar-winning actress wanted to attend the group sessions for grieving parents as part of her preparation for her part in Rabbit Hole, where she plays a mother struggling to deal with the death of her six-year-old son.

“I actually tried to go to a grief group and they said, ‘No, you can’t come because you can’t have someone in the group that hasn’t been through exactly the same thing – the emotions are too raw’, which I totally respected,” she said.

The mother-of-five wasn’t afraid to take on the challenge of the role.

“It’s the place you most fear to tread, particularly as a parent, a mother, it’s the most terrifying place to go and exist but at the same time it’s the most important,” she said.

“The loss of a child is the most terrifying place for me to go but that’s where I tend to go creatively – places that terrify me.”

Nicole added: “Life can be very beautiful, but there’s the other end of the spectrum when it can be so painful. I wanted to honour that for people. It’s not explored that often and for me it needs to be.”

:: Rabbit Hole is released in cinemas on February 4.

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