Husband of Jo Cox admits there are moments when he thinks she's alive

Husband of Jo Cox admits there are moments when he thinks she's alive

January 29, 2020

Husband of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox reveals there are still moments when he wakes up and thinks his wife is still alive and ‘it’s all okay’ in poignant tweet about living with grief

  • Brendan Cox, 41, is the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered in 2016
  • He admitted he still has ‘fleeting seconds’ when he thinks his wife is alive 
  • The father-of-two ‘sent love to everyone living with grief’ in the poignant tweet

The husband of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox has revealed there are still ‘fleeting moments’ when he thinks his wife is alive. 

Brendan Cox, 41, shared a poignant tweet about living with grief yesterday, saying it is ‘hardest’ when he dreams about Jo and thinks ‘it’s all okay’ only to realise the truth when he wakes.

Mrs Cox died in June 2016 after being shot and stabbed by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, 53, in her Yorkshire constituency. 

Brendan Cox, 41, shared a poignant tweet about living with grief yesterday, saying it is ‘hardest’ when he dreams about wife Jo (pictured together at Downing St), who died in 2016

Mr Cox admitted he still has ‘fleeting seconds’ when he thinks Jo is alive and ‘it’s all okay’ before realising the truth. The post, shared yesterday, was met with widespread support

The tweet read: ‘The dreams when Jo is alive again are the hardest. Those fleeting seconds when you wake up and think it’s all ok. And then the realisation. Sending love to everyone living with grief x.’

The post was met with hundreds of messages of support from his followers, who shared their own stories and offered words of comfort to Mr Cox and his two children.

One tweeted: ‘Ten years since my husband died and I still occasionally get one of those dreams, sometimes it feels like a thump in the stomach. Good to know I am not the only one, the pain doesn’t lessen, we get better at dealing with it.’ 

The post was met with hundreds of messages of support from his followers, who shared their own stories and offered words of comfort to Mr Cox and his two children

Another wrote: ‘So difficult and hits you like brick when you wake and realise- I find myself waking saying thank you for visiting me in my dream- is it wrong to long for a day without the brick? Thinking of you and your family.’

Mr Cox spoke candidly about grief. Pictured, the father-of-two outside court after Mair was found guilty of Mrs Cox’s murder in 2016

A third added: ‘Brendan I totally agree, I often dream of my Ruthie who died in 2012 especially when I go away from home, those days are so, so hard. Love and peace to you.’ 

Another woman shared: ‘Sending love to you and everyone else who has experienced this, it’s so so hard. 

‘My Dad took his own life nine years so and I still have dreams where we saved him and he’s miraculously alive, but we have to stop him from doing it again. Walking from that can be awful for days xxx.’

Mr Cox’s tweet has received almost 300 comments and more than 16,000 ‘likes’ as his followers rally to show their support. 

Jo Cox had been Labour MP for Batley and Spen, the Yorkshire constituency in which she was born, for just over a year when she was killed on June 16, 2016, in the middle of the EU referendum campaign. 

Hundreds of followers have written to Mr Cox to share their support and their own stories

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