Rob Delaney Speaks About First Christmas Since Losing Two-Year-Old Son

Catastrophe star Rob Delaney has opened up about his first Christmas since losing his two-year-old son to cancer.

The actor's son, Henry, spent half of his life battling a cancerous brain tumour before he tragically passed away earlier this year.

Now, nearly a year later, Rob has taken to Twitter to open up about his family's first Christmas without Henry.

"Our first Christmas without Henry came and went," he told his Twitter followers, adding: "The day itself was OK, maybe because there were so many horrible, painful days leading up to it; we must have hit our quota or something.

"We talked about him a lot and included his memory throughout the day."

Rob went on to explain how he chooses to speak publicly about losing Henry in a bid to 'destigmatise grief.'

"My family is sad and in pain because our beautiful two-year-old boy died after a long illness. Why wouldn't we be sad? Why wouldn't we be angry and confused?"

"Tweets like this aren't therapeutic to me, nor are they 'updates'.

"I just want other bereaved parents and siblings to feel seen/heard/respected/loved. And maybe they might help someone not schooled in grief support a friend better. I don't know."

Later Rob uploaded a snap of his son with his nose pressed up against a window at a safari park, with the caption: "My sweet boy."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Rob Delaney

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on

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