Charlotte Dawson has reflected on the ‘traumatic’ loss of her brother-in-law after he took his own life during the summer.
The TV personality, 28, revealed that her sister’s husband Glen Southern had passed away back in June as she shared an emotional tribute to the father-of-two.
Speaking about how this Christmas will be very different, Charlotte explained how she thinks her sister Samantha will be ‘sad’ as it’ll be the family’s first without Glen.
‘It was so traumatic’: Charlotte Dawson has reflected on the loss of her brother-in-law after he took his own life during the summer
Charlotte told New! magazine: ‘I think she’ll be a bit sad this year as she lost her husband to suicide back in June.
‘That was an absolute nightmare and so traumatic. I just feel so awful for my niece and nephew, but all the more reason to be there for them.’
The mother-to-be explained how she usually visits a memorial statue for her dad, TV icon Les Dawson, on Christmas morning and then heads to her sister’s house.
As she’s pregnant this year, Charlotte said it’ll be noticeably quieter than previous ones where she’s popped prosecco to open presents or been out partying.
Family: The TV personality, 28, revealed that her sister’s husband Glen Southern had passed away back in June as she shared an emotional tribute to the father-of-two (pictured together)
She also detailed how the last few weeks of pregnancy have been ’emotional’ and said that after her gestational diabetes diagnosis she’s been missing chips and gravy.
Charlotte said: ‘My little boy in my belly is keeping me sane. He’s keeping me going, because I know I’ve got to stay balanced and happy for him.’
Charlotte revealed her brother-in-law had died in June, sharing several photos of Glen, Samantha and their children as she urged people to ‘be kind’.
She penned an emotional tribute to Glen, describing him as the ‘the best husband, father & brother in law we could of asked for’.
Glow: Charlotte is set to welcome her first child, a baby boy, with fiancé Matthew Sarsfield and recently celebrated her six week countdown to her due date
She wrote: ‘I can’t even believe I’m writing this… I feel sick. My beautiful sister @sammysuns & our family had the most devastating thing happen to us on Saturday morning.
‘A family man, the best husband, father & brother in law we could of asked for sadly passed away unexpectedly taking his own life leaving all of us heartbroken especially my sister, his brave daughter @jesssouthernx and my baby niece & nephew who were his complete world, which breaks my heart.
‘I promise to look after them forever my cherubs. We all don’t understand and will never know why.’
Charlotte has set up a GoFundMe page to help provide the family with financial support in the wake of the tragedy.
Loss: Charlotte revealed that she thinks her sister Samantha will be ‘sad’ this Christmas as it’ll be the family’s first without Glen (Charlotte right with her mum, sister, and Glen)
Tribute: Charlotte penned an emotional tribute to Glen in June, describing him as the ‘the best husband, father & brother in law we could of asked for’
The page stated that Glen suffered the loss of his mother from coronavirus in recent months while he was also struggling to run his business in the wake of the pandemic.
Charlotte wrote: ‘I’m trying to stay strong for my family and thought that I’d make a GoFundMe page that would help support them as this came as such a shock and knocked us all.
‘We appreciate you reading it & would be grateful for any support. I’ve linked the page on my story, thank you so much ❤️
‘You genuinely don’t know what’s going through someone’s head, no matter how happy they look… it’s terrifying. Please everyone always be kind. ❤️
Charlotte wrote: A family man, the best husband, father & brother in law we could of asked for sadly passed away unexpectedly taking his own life leaving all of us heartbroken’
The GoFundMe page reads: ‘”Remembering Glen Southern”. Sadly and very suddenly, taken his own life my sister’s husband died on Saturday 20th June.
‘He leaves behind his beautiful wife Samantha and 6 beautiful children which they had between them including two very young children aged 5 and 2.
‘Glen has struggled in recent months due to the bereavement of his mother, who died due to coronavirus.
‘He was also struggling to do his business in the coronavirus climate. We are such a close family and this is heartbreaking.
‘We want to remember Glen and his life, we humbly ask for any donations no matter how small to aid his bereaved family.’
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org. ’
Helping hand: Charlotte also set up a GoFundMe page to help provide the family with financial support in the wake of the tragedy