RTE star Patrick Kielty fought back tears on The Late Late Show as he gave Rob Delaney heartfelt advice following the death of his son.
The actor was on the show tonight to talk about his memoir titled “A Heart That Works,” which is about the loss he suffered five years ago.
Henry was only two and a half years old when he sadly died of brain cancer, and the memoir is about how Delaney has coped since then.
The Catastrophe actor elaborated on this on the show tonight as he explained to Patrick, “The book is about Henry’s life and his death and what our family has been like since then.”
“I have three other boys – a 12-year-old, a ten-year-old and a new five-year-old who my wife was pregnant with when Henry died.
“So this book is about our family and Henry is of course the star of the book, but I wanted to talk about him, I wanted more people to know about him.”
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Rob then revealed that his son was first hospitalized when he was one year old and that he was always surrounded by his brothers.
The Boston star explained: “The only thing we did well was we had his older brothers in the hospital all the time.”
“Usually there was a hospital bed with three children in it.
“And so I’m grateful that we knew to keep the kids in the same room as much as possible, that was good, but then when we brought him home for the last seven months of his life, it was like…
“I mean, you never think about, ‘Will all of my kids be under the same roof?’ Of course, when asked, “Do you want your children to be under one roof?” “Of course yes.”
“You think, ‘What scenario would be if they weren’t under the same roof?’
“It was really crazy and when we were finally under one roof again we were very happy.”
Rob explained that “their children helped us” and that unfortunately Henry passed away on his birthday.
Patrick said: “My father was killed on my brother’s birthday, so I know how hard this is.”
“But one of the things you said that I thought was brilliant was that you were glad it was your birthday because.”
Rob chimed in and said, “Yeah, because Henry’s brother, right above him, has a birthday five days after mine.”
“So we could see that Henry was dying. We thought… I don’t think we said it out loud, but I remember thinking, ‘Please don’t let him die on his brother’s birthday’.”
“Along with all the other terrible feelings, there was also a tiny bit of relief that it was just my birthday that was completely ruined forever, and not that a child turning five would have been terrible.”
He admitted that he is “certainly still crying for him” and that his family is still grieving the terrible loss.
“The days before his anniversary are always terrible.
“We argue and argue and cry and the next day, when we get that out of our system, we are often very peaceful and think a lot of happy thoughts about Henry.”
“You never know where the peaks and valleys will be, but you know they will come.”
At the end of the conversation, the host was almost in tears as he offered some heartfelt and touching advice about the harrowing situation.
Patrick reassured his guest by saying, “It’s a beautiful book.
“It’s been a long time since I lost my father, and I know it hasn’t been long since you lost Henry. I just want to tell you that maybe there will be a day when you can celebrate another birthday.”
Fans of the show flocked to X to praise both Patrick and Rob for their honesty.
Sara tweeted: “A heartbreakingly beautiful interview with Rob Delaney from Patrick Kielty #LateLateShow.”
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Susan said: “Paddy is very good at letting his guests talk. He is a very sensitive host. #LateLateShow.”
Laura wrote: “Heartbreaking interview with Rob Delaney. Kielty was so insightful. Incredible episode. #LateLate.”