The tragic story of Jade Goody’s passing shocked the nation and there’s no doubt that our hearts went out to her two beautiful boys and their father Jeff Brazier.
Jeff has now blogged exclusively for Huffington Post UK about the difficulties he has faced through being a single parent.
Jeff admits how tough it has been, not only on the boys, but on himself in his role as their full-time father, and having to act as a mother figure to them as well.
He writes, “Allow me to be brutally honest, I'm under no illusion who my children would rather have here bringing them up, and in moments of anger and frustration they have once or twice reminded me as such. But all I can do is remain focused in my role as all-and-everything, to get them through it and to take the effects of their loss on the chin.”
He speaks of how the added pressure of trying to bring them up right has left him feeling worried.
He writes, “The odd wave of grief aside I'm always really happy with their progress, it just seems odd that over three years after the death of their mum I should suddenly feel like I'm not as 'in control' as I think I am.”
Jeff highlights that the thing to have changed most is the relationship he now shares with his two children.
“Bobby was always 'Daddy's Boy' yet since the passing of his mother our relationship has altered greatly. The weekend dad role is exactly how many mothers accurately describe it: a 'glory' role...The children idolise you for being better company than mum. I can see why that used to hurt Jade so much” he said.
Jeff’s heart-felt blog can be found in full at huffingtonpost.co.uk.