Over the Christmas season, actor Rob Delaney opened up about the passing of his 2-year-old son, Henry.

As Dearly previously reported, Delaney’s son lost his battle with cancer in January 2018.

Delaney wrote on Facebook that Henry was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 not long after celebrating his first birthday:

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.

Henry passed away at home, surrounded by his siblings and parents. Delaney described the moment as “just us, and it was really special.”

On December 26, Delaney opened up about losing his young son a little bit more on Twitter.

This Christmas was their first without Henry:

Delaney went on to say that he decided to open up about losing a child not because it’s therapeutic for him, but so that other “bereaved parents & siblings to feel seen/heard/respected/loved.”

Now, nearly a year after their son’s passing, Delaney and his wife, Leah, have revealed that they welcomed their fourth child into the world back in August.

Delaney explained that even though Henry didn’t get to meet his younger sibling, their youngest child holds a very special connection to his late brother because Henry was the first person they told about the pregnancy.

In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, he said:

“We likely would’ve had a fourth anyway. But I mean, there’s mixed feelings. It’s sort of like they touch each other a little bit, but they almost exist in separate lanes. Having another child in no way, shape or form eases the grief of Henry dying.

[But it also] doesn’t make our new son any less magical. I want to gobble him up and he deserves our full attention and love, and he grew in the same womb as Henry.”

He shared more screenshots of his interview on Twitter:

Delaney also said on Twitter that he speaks “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. Why wouldn’t we be sad? Why wouldn’t we be angry and confused?”

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