Jeff Brazier has opened up about guiding his sons through grief after the death of their mother Jade Goody.
The Big Brother star, who died of cervical cancer in 2009 aged just 27, shares children Bobby, 17, and Freddie, 16, with Jeff.
The presenter spoke about the ’emotional’ Mother’s Day he had with his sons on his Absolute Radio podcast Only Human.
‘I’ve got two boys that are gonna really be missing their mum today,’ he said.
‘They miss her every day. So my vulnerability in this moment right now is that I, as the parent of two kids that have lost their mum, have got the responsibility on my shoulders of guiding them through the day.
‘But then I remind myself that it’s not on me, it’s not on anyone really. It just, it is what it is.’
Jeff continued: ‘The way to make anniversaries go better is to make sure we recognise the person that we’ve lost as early on as we can. Like us, today we’ll go and visit their mum’s special place, it might be we look at some pictures.’
He then went on to offer advice to people who want to praise their mothers but might ‘feel that we’re being insensitive’.
The TV star said that people should mark the day any way their want on social media, but could take a moment to send love to those who not in a similar position in their lives.
He added: ‘Your next post could be in recognition of people that have lost their mums or mums that have lost their children or people that have struggled to conceive.’
Jeff has previously spoken about the struggles of marking Jade’s life with Freddie and Bobby, who he said tend to ‘shut down’ when it comes to the hard moments.
He told Metro newspaper: ‘It’s something we’re always having to keep a check on. It’s difficult when teenagers have lost someone because they sort of shut down a bit.
‘Whereas we might have spoken about it a little bit more freely beforehand, now it doesn’t come so easily to the surface. That’s natural, though. We don’t talk about grief because it hurts.’
Credit: Original article published here.