Reality TV star and former footballer Jeff Brazier has opened up about how his sons are coping six years on from their mother Jade Goody’s death.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, he explained how the family dedicate one day a month to the late Big Brother icon.
He said: “On the 15th of each month – that’s ‘Mummy Day’.
“We can talk about her obviously at any time and we do.
“But the 15th of the month means we are particularly focused on it.
“We release balloons or we write letters and post them, whether they think they are going to get there or not it doesn’t matter, it’s expressing.
“It’s writing those memories down, those thoughts and those feelings and even if it’s sad and something that you perceive as being negative, it’s not hurting them.
“It’s hurting them more not to talk about it, than it is to actually put it down on paper and do something with it.”
Jade passed away on Mother’s Day 2009.
Jeff also explained how sons Bobby and Freddie also receive support from a charity Grief Encounter, which helps children who were coping with bereavement and of which Jeff is a patron.
“[The boys are doing] incredibly well – thanks to the charity,” he said.
“Grief Encounter were there from the word go as well and yeah, it was a lot to get your head around.”
Talking about how he coped in the days after Jade died, Jeff said: “I turned to Australia.
“I remember as soon as it happened my natural instinct was to take my children as far away from the media circus as I could possibly go and I found myself booking a ticket to Australia.
“We went out there for three weeks just to really sort of take stock and try and find our feet amidst everything that was going absolutely bonkers at the time.
“Now, we talk about their mum all the time. I have triggers around the house that are going to make them talk.
“The pictures and the memories will always enable us to keep her very much an open subject of conversation.”