Simon Thomas penned a heartbreaking open letter about his late wife on Mother’s Day.
The Sky Sports presenter lost his wife Gemma in November 2017, just days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
Today, he opened up about his heartache that son Ethan doesn’t have his mum by his side.
In a heart-wrenching open letter, the 46-year-old wrote: “We thought she’d always be there to guide you. To be right behind you as you grew, matured and began to spread your wings. We thought the love and wisdom she poured into your life would never cease to flow. We took it for granted that those days wouldn’t end for a long, long time.
“I feel so blessed that my Mum has always been there for me and that her love and support for me has never diminished. I’m blessed that on this day she is still here to send flowers to and to say thank you, and I love you.
“But I feel heartbroken that for my boy Mother’s Day is forever more going to be a very, very different day. A day when he will remember her and give thanks for all she did for him in those eight short years, but a day that will also be laced with the searing pain of her absence.
“I’m glad we have a day when we celebrate our mums; but for so many today is going to be really tough. The past few weeks of Mother’s Day signs adorning most shops has been hard to stomach. For those you know who will today be missing a mum no longer here, missing a dad who won’t be there to make them feel special, a friend mourning the loss of a son or a daughter, or those enduring the painful, dashed hopes of being a mum – give them a hug. Give them a call. Invite them over. Let them know they’re not alone.”
Simon also shared a picture of a candle lit for Gemma, alongside a card with “Ethan I [love] you” written on the front and a picture of the little one with his mum.
He said: “Sometimes you’ve got to do things differently. Remembering Mummy and celebrating her precious boy. #mothersday”
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