Rob Delaney has shared a heartbreaking and poignant message for other grieving parents after his first Christmas since his son's death.
The American comedian and actor, known for his role in the disaster, and his wife Leah tragically lost their little boy Henry in January this year.
The two-year-old died after a long battle with brain tumor.
Little Henry first became ill when he was only 11 months old.
Today Rob took Twitter to talk about the family's first Christmas without a son.
Sending out an emotional but gripping message to other grieving parents, he said Henry had still been a big part of the day.
He wrote: "Our first Christmas without Henry came and went. The day itself was ok, maybe because there were so many dreadful, painful days that led to it, we must have hit our quota or something. We talked a lot about him and included his memory all day.
"I'm talking publicly about Henry in an attempt to desigmate grief. My family is sad and in pain because our beautiful 2-year-old boy died after long illness. Why wouldn't we be sad? Why wouldn't we be angry and confused?
"Tweets like this are not therapeutic for me, nor are they" updates. "I just want other surviving parents and siblings to feel / heard / respected / loved, and maybe they can help someone who is not in mourning. support a friend better I don't know. "
Rob continued to share a picture of his little one, imprisoned by something outside a window as he pushed his face up against the glass for a closer look.
"My sweet boy," Rob described it.
He added, "He looks at a tiger in this picture."
Rob was praised for being so open, and many people in similar positions came forward to share their own stories with him.
One said, "It was our first Christmas without our daughter too. We fought first and there were tears, but it got easier as the day went on and we were able to smile and smile. New Year is the next landmark to navigate to you. everyone."
Another said to him: "At least you've come through it, and now you never have to be another first. I'm sure your honesty has been helped to the loss, has helped many people over the past year. Nothing but I am so sorry. "
And another said, "Hi Rob ….. Lost our beautiful Oliver in 2009 aged 11. Close friends still talk about him comfortably, which is what we always need. Can your better days exceed your tougher days."
Rob previously documented how little Henry first got sick and kept vomiting his food.
At that time, Rob and Lea were told he could have a urinary tract infection, but when the months went on and Henry's weight weakened, they sought specialist help.
Tragically, his doctor found a large brain tumor and pushed down on his emetic center, causing him to become ill.
An operation to loosen Henry's tumor resulted in Bell's palsy, deafness in one ear and hanging off his left eye, as the surgeon had to injure his cranial nerves to cut out the growth.
But all that, says Rob, was nothing compared to Henry's tracheotomy – a hole cut in the neck to give him a direct airway.
The operation also made Henry unable to talk, sing or cry, and let him mute – something Rob said was one of the most difficult things to accept.
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