Home and Away: How Sarah Roberts healed after her brother’s death

Home and Away actress Sarah Roberts has revealed the method she used to cope with her brother’s death from brain cancer.

Speaking to TV Week on Monday, the 35-year-old admitted she’d been writing letters to herself to make sense of the tragedy.

‘I set out to write a letter to myself as my therapist suggested it,’ Sarah said, adding that it gave her a sense of relief.

Healing: Home and Away's Sarah Roberts has revealed the method she used to cope with her brother's death from brain cancer. Speaking to TV Week on Monday, the 35-year-old actress admitted she'd been writing letters to herself to make sense of the tragedy

Healing: Home and Away’s Sarah Roberts has revealed the method she used to cope with her brother’s death from brain cancer. Speaking to TV Week on Monday, the 35-year-old actress admitted she’d been writing letters to herself to make sense of the tragedy

‘Then once it was written it felt quite cathartic and I wondered if I should share it with people going through the same thing.’

Sarah did share it, but added: ‘It wasn’t a conscious decision. I’m learning what works in terms of healing and my approach came organically.

‘I hadn’t planned it but I’ve always been honest and wanted to be upfront.’   

Healing process: 'I set out to write a letter to myself as my therapist suggested it,' Sarah told TV Week, adding that it gave her a sense of relief. Pictured with her late brother, Karl De Abrew

Healing process: ‘I set out to write a letter to myself as my therapist suggested it,’ Sarah told TV Week, adding that it gave her a sense of relief. Pictured with her late brother, Karl De Abrew

Sarah’s brother, Karl De Abrew, died in October 2019 after a 15-year battle with brain cancer.

He passed away just three months after walking his sister down the aisle at her wedding to actor James Stewart at Luttrellstown Castle on the outskirts of Dublin.

The ceremony was held in Ireland, where Karl lived, because he was unable to travel overseas due to his condition.

Tragedy: On Mother's Day, Sarah faced another tragedy after losing her beloved grandmother

Tragedy: On Mother’s Day, Sarah faced another tragedy after losing her beloved grandmother

On Mother’s Day, Sarah faced another tragedy after losing her beloved grandmother.

It was about this time she also revealed that she and James, 45, had suffered two miscarriages in the past year.

Speaking about the succession of sad events in November, Sarah told The Daily Telegraph she just had to keep going. 

Highs and lows: Sarah and James, who met on set of Home and Away in early 2017, tied the knot in July 2019 at Luttrellstown Castle on the outskirts of Dublin

Highs and lows: Sarah and James, who met on set of Home and Away in early 2017, tied the knot in July 2019 at Luttrellstown Castle on the outskirts of Dublin

‘You just have to keep on going – the world keeps moving, and sometimes the only way through things is to keep picking yourself up off the ground and keep continuing on, even if it’s hard,’ she said.

Sarah portrays Willow Harris on long-running TV soap Home and Away. 

‘I’ve been through so much while working on the show and jumping into [Willow’s] drama was an escape from my real life at times. It’s funny that all that drama is a nice solace,’ she added.

Two of a kind: In November, Sarah gushed over her husband and Home and Away co-star, James Stewart. 'He is the best husband. He’s so supportive he’s such a rock for me,' she said

Two of a kind: In November, Sarah gushed over her husband and Home and Away co-star, James Stewart. ‘He is the best husband. He’s so supportive he’s such a rock for me,’ she said

In the same interview, she gushed over her husband, James, who is also an actor on Home and Away.

‘Jimmy has been the best husband. He’s so supportive he’s such a rock for me,’ she said.

Sarah became a stepmother to James’ daughter, Scout, whom he shares with his ex-partner Jessica Marais, when the pair married last year.

New role: Sarah became a stepmother to James' daughter, Scout, whom he shares with his ex-partner Jessica Marais, when the pair married last year

New role: Sarah became a stepmother to James’ daughter, Scout, whom he shares with his ex-partner Jessica Marais, when the pair married last year

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