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CHICAGO (AP) -- In the year since three members of her family were killed in Chicago, Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has found ways to heal and start a new life.

Also, it appears the 28-year-old is happy again.

The actress and singer has gushed over her role as a new mother. She's started going out again. And she's poured herself into her work.

Hudson is set to return to Chicago next month to film an ABC prime-time special in which she'll share memories of her childhood Christmases in her old neighborhood and the church where she started singing.

Us Weekly magazine editor Ian Drew says Hudson's way of grieving has been to focus on work.

In October last year her mother, brother and nephew were found shot to death in Chicago.