Widower Of Murdered MP Jo Cox Urges People: “Tell Loved Ones How Much They Mean To you”
The widower of the murdered MP Jo Cox has told of an “outpouring of kindness” on Twitter after he posted a message urging people to use Christmas to tell loved ones how much they mean to them.

Brendan Cox 39-year-old is facing his second Christmas without his wife, mother to their two children Cuillin, six, and Lejla, four. He has spoken about the difficulty of being a single parent while praising a campaign designed to tackle loneliness at Christmas.

Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist in the days before the Brexit referendum last June. The extremist Thomas Mair was jailed for life for killing the Labour MP.

Mr Cox wrote a message on Twitter on Christmas Eve calling people to imagine the things they would inevitably wish they had taken the time to say to them. His message was rapidly shared, racking up more than 12,000 retweets and 31,000 likes.

“Weird thing to do on Christmas Eve but I’d encourage everyone to take a moment to imagine losing the person you love most in the world” he added: “Imagine what you would wish you had said to them. Then take a moment to say it.”

Mr Cox’s tweet has prompted people to come forward with their own stories of bidding farewell to a loved one during the Christmas period. He retweeted one follower who said: “My wife has just been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer so after reading your post I told her how much I loved her, I had been doing that anyway but your post was a timely reminder not to take anything for granted.”

Mark Edgerton said on Twitter: “Lovely thought, Brendan. Having lost several loved ones in my lifetime, l know the power of keeping their memory alive, and in chatting away to them regularly, as if they were still here.” Added: “Keeps me sane, in an increasingly mad, mad world. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

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Another user Nicky Clarke said: “Beautifully put. My brother Michael died on Christmas Day 1978 when I was 12 & he was 17. I understand completely what you mean. Sending you all love. Nik, Phil, Lizzy & Emily. Xx,”.

One user said about the time when her daughter died in April 2015, “the pain is unbearable, my only child. Your wife was an amazing human being as is her legacy. You’re an inspiration,” the user said.

“I did. My father died, too young, on Christmas Eve. Lucky to have chance to say it. And that he met his young grandson, then three months. 25 years ago today,” one more user said.

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