When you lose your mother, it is one of the most painful things you will ever go through. Grief might resurface on special days like birthdays and Mother’s Day, especially if they passed away recently.

The Wahlbergs had an emotional weekend: 79th birthday for Alma, the family’s matriarch and mother of Mark and Donnie, who died last month after a lengthy struggle with dementia.

A homage to their mother has been shared by her boys across various social media platforms.

Both Donnie, a member of New Kids on the Block and a regular on ABC’s drama Blue Bloods, as well as Mark, a notable Hollywood actor in films like The Departed and the Transformers series, were raised by Alma and went on to stardom.

USA Today quotes her as saying, “They’re all so unique in their own way,” and “I’m really proud of them. Not just the success but how they’ve turned out. They’re really good people. I wouldn’t care if they were ditch diggers, as long as they’re good people.”

One of the most well-known members of the Wahlburgers reality television cast, Alma was also well-known in her own right.

It was a busy week for her children, who celebrated both her birthday and Mother’s Day this week. On the occasion of her birthday, Mark posted a snapshot of the two of them on Instagram with the comment, “Happy birthday, mommy.”

In honor of Mother’s Day, he posted a snapshot of him and Alma with his wife, as well as a video slideshow of Alma set to the tune of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

“Miss you mom,” Mark wrote.

On Alma’s birthday, Donnie reminisced about one of his most treasured memories of his deceased mother.

Alma’s favorite song, “Native New Yorker,” was played during a visit home, and despite her failing health, she was pleased.

“She amazingly (but not surprisingly) lit up when she heard it, just like the shining star that she always was,” Donnie wrote in an Instagram post.

She was described as the “epitome of the word grace.” In a lengthy social media eulogy written by Donnie only days after she died last month.

Donnie wrote, “She was, without a doubt, the kindest human being I’ve ever known.” “I never heard her say, or do, anything disrespectful to anyone. She was, as anybody who ever came across her knows, true blue.”

“Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing, and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained. She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times.”

Alma, you will be missed. Clearly, you had a profound effect on your children and were greatly adored by them. Remember, you’ll be remembered for a long time to come.

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