Rob Delaney Opens Up About First Christmas After 2-Year-Old Son’s Death

Rob Delaney First Christmas After 2-Year-Old Sons Death
Rob Delaney attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England.  Mike Marsland/WireImage

Rob Delaney’s 2-year-old son, Henry, may have passed away in February, but his presence was felt during the holidays.

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“Our first Christmas without Henry came & went. The day itself was okay, maybe because there were so many horrible, painful days leading up to it; we must have hit our quota or something,” Delaney, 41, tweeted on Wednesday, December 26. “We talked about him a lot & included his memory throughout the day.”

“I speak publicly about Henry in an effort to destigmatize grief. My family is sad & in pain because our beautiful 2 yr old boy died after a long illness,” he continued. “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 & 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.”

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The Catastrophe actor revealed in February in an emotional Facebook post that Henry died after a long battle with cancer: “I have very sad news. My two and a half year old son Henry has passed away. Henry had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, shortly after his first birthday, following persistent vomiting and weight loss. He had surgery to remove the tumor and further treatment through the early part of 2017. Then the cancer returned last autumn and he died in January.”

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In June, the Deadpool 2 actor revealed that his wife, Leah Delaney, is pregnant.

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