Jade Goody’s sons Bobby and Freddie will not attend her funeral next weekend as they would find it “too upsetting”, according to the papers.
The Sun reports that their father, Jeff Brazier, and grandmother Jackiey Budden made the decision in order to spare them further anguish.
“The boys are so young — Jackiey said she doesn’t think their broken hearts will be able to bear it,” a source told the paper.
“It’s also about the safekeeping of their memories of their mum for when they are older.”
Jeff’s spokeswoman said he was “taking it day by day with the boys”. He has taken time off from his role as presenter on the X Factor live tour to look after them.
Next Saturday’s funeral will be a “grand celebration of Jade’s life”, and will be open to the public.
“Jade’s coffin will be carried by the company’s vintage Rolls hearse followed by a cortege of four Daimler limousines and her favourite car, a Bentley,” funeral directors FA Albin, of Bermondsey in South London, said in a statement.
The service will begin at midday and fans outside will be able to hear the ceremony on a public address system. The procession will then move on to a private burial ground.
Meanwhile, Jade’s beautician friend Nilam Patel, who did her make-up for her wedding to Jack Tweed, has said she will do it one last time for her funeral.
“Jade would want to look her best,” she told the Sun, “and I wouldn’t like to think of a stranger doing it.”
“It may sound macabre and it’s not something I’ve ever done before. But I’d do it for Jade.”