Jackiey, Jeff and the burden of grief

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I can’t – and don’t want to – imagine what it must be like to know your child is terminally ill, and to watch them lose their life.

People deal with grief in all different ways, and in my opinion, as long as she’s not hurting anyone else, Jackiey Budden should be left alone to cope with the loss of her daughter and the anniversary of her death in any way she chooses.

Meanwhile, if you saw last night’s incredibly moving documentary about Jade, you would have seen her ex, Jeff Brazier, speak movingly about how he is making the best possible life for the boys.

He has chosen to remove them from the public eye, he is clearly a sensitive and devoted dad and frankly he moved me to tears.

written by Liz Jarvis


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5 Responses to Jackiey, Jeff and the burden of grief

  1. Mummys Little Monkey says:

    I don’t know what to make of Jackiey actually. She’s never been your typical mum, has she? My heart broke a million times for those little boys though – especially Freddie who was such a Mummy’s boy. That shot, when he was only about three, and was just clinging to her like a little baby Koala, was the shot that really got to me.

  2. The Real Mamma's Diaries says:

    I cried through the entire programme as I still can’t believe that Jade is dead, even though a year has passed. I thought Jackiey was the most articulate she’s ever been and spoke honestly about her daughter and her own failings as a mum to her. Her love for Jade came shining through and she and the boys are still breaking their hearts about her every day. Jeff is an amazing dad and Bobby and Freddie are incredibly lucky to have him. He said he hopes that they remember the best times with Jade and not her breaking the news that she was dying or her struggle against the illness. I hope that for them too, but with the love and support of Jeff and their grandmother I’m sure they are doing as well as they can without Jade ‘the brightest star in the sky.’

  3. Laura says:

    I didn’t watch it, I couldn’t bring myself to. I’ve written before about how my own mother must have felt knowing that she was going to die and leave her children behind. I think I’ll wait for a repeat and Sky+ it for future use when I’m ‘in the zone’.

  4. Rachael @ marathonmummy says:

    I said exactly the same thing when I saw the papers on Sunday. Losing a parent is bad enough – three years later I’m still struggling, and today is a particularly bad day for me as it happens. But to lose your child, no matter how unorthodox a mother you might be – that’s a pain that no woman should have to endure.

  5. Bev says:

    Yes, I cried through this too, wanted to turn off but unable to. Good luck to Jeff, he seems to be doing a great job in such a sad situation.


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