RACHAEL Bland’s three-year-old son Freddie doesn’t understand she has died and still talks about her in the present tense, her widower has revealed.
The BBC presenter died after a tragic battle with breast cancer in September last year at the age of 40.
Husband Steve Bland, from Cheshire, appeared on Lorraine this morning to discuss the memoir his late wife wrote for their son before she died.
Steve revealed Freddie is coping well but doesn’t fully understand he’s lost his mother.
He said: “He doesn’t understand anything about what’s happened. He still speaks about Rachael in the present tense.
“When he is sort of five, six, seven, maybe I’ll start to read bits to him, when he starts to have some sort of grasp on what’s happened.”
He doesn’t understand anything about what’s happened. He still speaks about Rachael in the present tense
Steve added: “He started pre-school the week after she died. He’s come on leaps and bounds. He’s a really happy little boy full of mischief and adventure.
“That’s what I’ve been told, his grief will come and go and it’s probably when he’s four, five or six we will start to see more how it’s affected him.”
Rachael began writing the book for her son in June last year to document her life and give Freddie advice and memories to treasure, as well as parting words for the three-year-old.
By the end of August she had written 85,000 words, showing her spirit, Steve says.
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He added: “It’s not angry, it’s not bitter, there’s no resentment. It’s all of her personality and humour and spirit. It’s not about cancer, it’s not a sad book, it’s a happy book.”
Steve says speaking openly about Rachael’s illness help him and Freddie to prepare for life after her death.
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He said: “It’s a big hole that will never be filled obviously. We will be just fine, we told her we would be fine, so we will be.
“Because we had talked so openly about it. I felt as ready as you can ever be.
“Now we are six months on, some of the things that made me cry are making me smile now, her favourite song, watching clips like we’ve just done… it’s nice hearing her voice. makes me very happy to hear her voice and see her face.”
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