Cancer-stricken Jade Goody is gently preparing her two young sons for her inevitable death by reading them a children's book hat revolves around the theme of death.
The book 'Badger's Parting Gifts' tells the story of a group of friends who learn the lesson of life from the death of a wise old badger.
AdvertisementThe tale sees the dying old badger leave his friends a poignant farewell note, as well as the memory of how he touched their lives.
The book was given to Goody by hospital staff so that she could explain the phenomenon of death to her two young sons-five-year-old Bobby-Jack and four-year-old Freddy.
"It explains about heaven and where people go," the Mirror quoted Goody, as saying.
"I have been reading that to them. But I think my boys know now that I'm dying. Yeah, I think they do now," she added.
The sensitively written illustrated book, by children's author Susan Varley, was first published in 1984 but continues to be a bestseller a quarter of a century on.
Goody is now preparing to christen her two children so that she could stay in touch with them even after her death.
She plans to say a heart-rending final goodbye to Bobby-Jack and Freddy before sending them away with their father Jeff Brazier so they do not see her last days.
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