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'Some days I wake up inconsolable': Tessa Jowell's daughter on the first anniversary of her mum's death

Jess Mills, who is pregnant with her second child, photographed in London this month
Jess Mills, who is pregnant with her second child, photographed in London this month Credit: Andrew Crowley

It’s barely 9am in the café, she’s not even ordered the quota of one coffee she’s allowed a day, and Jess Mills is, freely and fully, discussing the death of her mother and getting through a year of grief.

“Bereavement and loss have become a defining part of my life in the past couple of years,” the daughter of the late Baroness Tessa Jowell begins quietly. “Grief is not something that just happens as a single event in your life. It’s actually more the acquisition of a new relationship that you have to learn to live alongside.”

In the space once inhabited by her remarkable mother, who died a year ago this week from brain cancer, is this void or space, where there was, until recently, a dauntless...

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