Abi (played by Sally Carman) was once a drug addict, but he’s been sober for a while now. The grieving mother gave up any hope of continuing to build normalcy when she nearly killed Corey (Maximus Evans) in recent scenes which saw her acquire a gun. She held the teenage murderer at gunpoint before the ground collapsed beneath the couple and they were thrown into the chasm on Coronation Street. Although Roy Cropper (David Neilson) dissuaded him from his desire for revenge, it’s possible that Abi is trying to find ways to escape reality. Grieving expert Bianca Neumann spoke to Express.co.uk to discuss how grieving can impact a family.
Abi has naturally struggled since her son Seb (Harry Visinoni) was brutally murdered in the ITV soap opera.
Determined to get justice for him, she fought to fight for him in court.
But since Corey was found not guilty, Abi has started to get out of hand.
She left the cobblestones for weeks without contacting anyone and ended up getting her hands on a gun.
Luckily Roy, the wise owner of the Coronation Street cafe, persuaded her not to kill Corey as he begged her from above the chasm she and Corey were trapped in.
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Now that she sees the meaning, can Abi start moving on?
While this is possible, it’s likely that Abi will still need an outlet for his grief given that Corey still seems to be off the hook for Seb’s murder.
Bianca Neumann, Grieving Manager at Sue Ryder, told Express.co.uk how different people react to grief.
“No two people experience the loss of a loved one the same way,” she explained.
âThere is no ‘right’ or ‘normal’ way to grieve and accepting grief takes longer for some people than for others.
âFor most people, grief becomes more manageable over time and they are able to build a positive future.
âSometimes the grief for the person you have lost never goes away, but it does change and evolve over time.
“You can continue to carry your loved one in your mind, and sometimes these memories bring happiness as well as sadness.”
She continued, “However, there are signs to look out for when a grieving person may need additional help, these may include: difficulty concentrating or concentrating, lack of energy, staying in their bedroom, feelings of depression or anxiety, panic attacks, losing interest in the things they loved and finding unhealthy ways to cope, like heavy drinking. “
Abi often acts without thinking about the consequences, and since no justice has yet been served for her son, she may seek other solutions.
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As a former addict who often makes quick decisions in times of desperation, Abi will likely be tempted to switch back to drugs soon if Corey continues to walk freely.
Given the recent tragedies on the street, Abi may face new feelings of grief which she finds overwhelming.
Although Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) is supportive of his partner, Abi feels the loss of Seb more deeply as she was his only relative on Coronation Street.
Biana explained, “When you are the only person in your family or group of friends who has experienced major grief, it can be really isolating.”
Could Abi’s crushing grief consume her?
âGrieving can also appear in different ways at different times,â Biana told Express.co.uk.
“This includes years later when the person isn’t there for life’s big events like weddings and birthdays, or to help you get through tough times.”
Abi has been considering making a new date for her wedding to Kevin, and now that the couple have survived their injuries from last week, it’s likely they’ll set a date.
But could the pressure of the big day without Seb make Abi relapse?
It’s possible that, even though she feels ready, Abi will find the marriage too difficult to face, especially since Seb was killed the day before her wedding to Kevin in May.
But Kevin’s young son Jack Webster (Kyran Bowes) has begged Kevin and Abi to arrange a new date for the wedding, and Abi doesn’t want to let him down.
She might end up setting up a date with Kevin and finding it too much to deal with, turning to drugs.
For bereavement assistance, visit https://www.sueryder.org/how-we-can-help/online-bereavement-support.
Coronation Street continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on ITV.