​How Do You Tell A Toddler His Mummy Is Dead?

14/08/2014 17:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

Ben Brooks-Dutton talks to Parentdish about raising his son Jackson following the death of his wife Desreen

Ben's book documents the often contradictory experiences the past year has brought him and Jackson. As well as a testament of his grief, it is also a story of love and a tribute to the son who has brought Ben so much happiness.


There was a point after Des died when I thought I'd never be happy again," says Ben. "But it's very difficult to become consumed by your grief when you've got a happy little boy in your life. Even at the darkest times, happy moments still can - and do - shine through.


It was one such moment that gave rise to the title of Ben's book.

On a day when Ben was 'sad to the point of absolute misery,' and the weather was equally miserable, he said to Jackson: "Put your hood up it's raining outside."

"It's not raining, Daddy, it's happy!" Jackson replied, snapping Ben out of his gloom in an instant.

It's not Raining Daddy, It's Happy by Benjamin Brooks-Dutton (Hodder & Stoughton) is available in Hardback and eBook editions from May 8 2014.

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