It’s been nine years since TV star Jade Goody passed away, leaving behind her two sons Bobby and Freddie.
The boys were aged just five and six when their mother died of cervical cancer in 2009, at the age of 27.
Now, their dad Jeff Brazier has opened up about the special way he includes Jade in the family’s Christmas celebrations, ensuring his boys always remember their mum.
Jeff, 37, has raised Bobby, 13, and Freddie, 11, on his own, away from the media spotlight. The life coach has admitted that Christmas is a particularly challenging time of year, which is why he’s worked hard to find his own way to help the boys deal with their heartache.
‘Christmas is the one day of the year when it’s most obvious someone’s missing. It had to become less about the presents’, he told the Daily Record.
Jeff and Jade in 2003
In the first few years following their mother’s death, Jeff admits he went overboard with Christmas presents for his sons, but a new approach he’s tried since has been more successful.
‘I take them to the cemetery first thing in the morning. Then we have dealt with this, we go home and can enjoy the day.
‘They have paid respect to their mum and they don’t feel guilty about enjoying the day at home.’
Although keeping the boys mainly out of the spotlight, the dad-of-two has chosen to share a few family snaps on his social media account. In August Jeff posted pictures of a Caribbean cruise he took the boys on with his girlfriend, Kate Dwyer.
He posted one black and white snap with his sons, which received nearly 5,000 likes and a whole host of comments from fans who couldn’t believe how much Bobby and Freddie look like their mum.
‘Wow. Not babies anymore. So like their mummy’ one said, while another added: ‘What a fantastic legacy she left behind.
‘One the spitting image of her and the other of you. Keep up the good work. A parent’s job is never done!’