Jade Goody 'in heaven'
Jade Goody's sons - Bobby, five and Freddie, four - were gently told "Mummy's in heaven now" by their father yesterday (22.03.09)
Jade Goody's sons were gently told of their mother's passing by their father yesterday (22.03.09).
Shortly after they awoke on Mother's Day, Bobby, five and Freddie, four, were told by dad Jeff Brazier: "Mummy's in heaven now".
The boys had last seen Jade - who passed away 03.14am aged 27 - on the previous Sunday (15.03.09), before she became too ill and requested they not visit as her battle with cancer came to a close.
Speaking about his ex-girlfriend's passing, Jeff, 29, said: "I'm grateful the boys were able to say their goodbyes and spend that precious time with their wonderful mother. Bobby and Freddie are my absolute priority.
"I will be doing everything I can to be their rock and to give them all my love and support to get them through a confusing and upsetting time."
A close friend of the family added: "We're not sure whether it has sunk in yet. But Jeff will be watching the boys very closely.
"Jade didn't want the kids taking too much time off school and wanted them to try and return to a normal routine as quickly as possible. But obviously their emotional state will come first."
Yesterday afternoon Bobby and Freddie played in the garden with their grieving stepdad, Jack Tweed - who had married Jade exactly a month before she died - and her mother Jackiey Budden, 50, who visited the boys at their father's house in the afternoon.
Jade's spokesperson, Max Clifford praised Jack for his strength throughout the difficult past few weeks.
He said: "Jack has been brilliant, absolutely fantastic. For a 21-year-old to handle it the way he has, it does him tremendous credit."
Jackiey oversaw Jade's body being taken from her home in Upminster, Essex, around 08.30am, waving and mouthing the word "goodbye" as it was placed in a private ambulance.
She later tried to put on a brave face to greet well wishers who gathered to pay their respects to Jade, and was visibly moved by the sea of tributes and flowers which have been placed at Jade's home.
The former 'Big Brother' star had planned her funeral in meticulous detail before she died and will be buried at St John the Baptist church in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. The date of the funeral is yet to be announced.