09/07/2012 06:52 BST | Updated 09/07/2012 06:59 BST

Amy Winehouse's Mother Janis Opens Up About Grief, Believes Amy Has Been Reincarnated As A Butterfly

As the first anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death approaches, her mother has opened up about her grief, admitting it "doesn't get any easier".

Janis Winehouse, who told of how she occasionally wakes up in tears even now, believes her daughter has been reincarnated as a butterfly.

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Janis pictured with her ex-husband and Amy's father Mitch at the Grammy Awards earlier this year

In an interview with Hello! magazine, she said: "I'm pretty sure she has come back as a butterfly because she would love the freedom of flying."

Retired pharmacist Janis also told how simply hearing her music has her brimming with emotion.

said: "We went to New York in April to launch the Amy Winehouse Foundation over there.

"We got on the plane at Heathrow and one of Amy's songs was playing, and I was inconsolable. Then, we bowled into a restaurant in New York and Back To Black was being played, and the emotions came again."

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It is nearly a year since Amy Winehouse died

Amy died on July 23 last year from alcohol poisoning, but her mother is still coming to terms with the loss.

"There's a huge hole in my life - I used to speak to Amy every day. Sometimes I wake up sobbing," she said.

Janis wears one of the Rehab singer's rings as well as a Star of David necklace she wore as a child.

"She nibbled on it all the time, so it's got lots of marks on it," she added.

Janis said the family will mark the anniversary of her death in the Jewish tradition, with prayers and the lighting of a candle.


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