Rob Delaney pens an essay about his son’s death

"The response to this from parents & siblings of sick kids -- and of course kids who’ve died -- makes me glad I posted it. There are some very good people in the world and I appreciate all your kind words."

Rob Delaney.
Rob Delaney –Robyn Von Swank / Courtesy of Spiegel

Eight months after announcing the death of his youngest son, writer and comedian Rob Delaney has published an essay on Medium about being a parent to a chronically ill child. 

Henry Delaney was 11 months old when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016. He died at 2½ in January. The essay covers the early days of Henry’s illness, his initial diagnosis, and some details of his treatment. 

Delaney wrote in the final few paragraphs that the essay was originally intended to be part of a book proposal for “fellow parents of very sick children.’’ He’d stopped working after receiving news that Henry’s tumor had returned so that he and his family could “be with him around the clock and make sure his final months were happy.’’