Jade Goody’s mum: I couldn’t leave her alone at the funeral parlour
Jade Goody’s mum Jackiey Budden has revealed she maintained a vigil next to Jade’s body on the run up to her funeral last month.
Reality TV star Jade died at her home in Essex on Mothering Sunday in March but was taken back to her childhood home of Bermondsey to be laid out by funeral directors Albin & Sons.
Jackiey revealed this week that she made the journey too - and stayed with Jade’s body for the duration: “I knew Jade didn’t want to be alone in a strange place, so I tried to make it as homely as I could.
“I put pictures of her, the boys and Jack all over the place, brought in her favourite Jo Malone candles, even the spotty cups from her kitchen - and her tea towels!”
Jackiey also helped the funeral directors dress Jade in her wedding dress - which she had worn to marry Jack Tweed just a month earlier - for the funeral: “I needed to dress her, she was my little girl. She was a sleeping bride, she looked absolutely beautiful.
“I’d talk to her all the time, cuddle her and kiss her.
“The night before they were going to close the coffin I slept on the sofa next to her. It felt the natural place for me to be.”
She added that she also helped arrange Jade in her coffin and included photos of her family, including pictures of Jack and her sons Bobby and Freddie: “Then I kissed her for everyone. For the boys, for me, 10 times on her forehead from Jack’s dad Andy, and then just once, on the lips, from Jack.
“Seeing that metal lid go on her was the worst. I cried, ‘Oh, but she won’t be able to breathe in there.’ And Barry, the funeral director, just held me and said, ‘Oh Jackiey, she’s gone. She’s gone.’”
Jade’s funeral took place on the 4th April at St John the Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill, Essex following a procession from East London. She was then buried in a nearby cemetery in a private ceremony for just close family and friends.