Husband Of Murdered British Politician Writes Tribute We All Need To Hear
On Thursday, British lawmaker Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in her constituency. She died of the wounds she sustained.
Cox was a politician, mother of two and widely respected for her passion, integrity and commitment to her values.
The 41-year-old member of parliament from the Labour Party definitely had a big heart, and strongly supported helping refugees.
In April, she delivered an impassioned speech, championing a bill to accept 3,000 child refugees. Cox stated,
We all know that the vast majority of the terrified, friendless and profoundly vulnerable child refugees scattered across Europe tonight came from Syria. We also know that, as that conflict enters its sixth barbaric year, desperate Syrian families are being forced to make an impossible decision: stay and face starvation, rape, persecution and death, or make a perilous journey to find sanctuary elsewhere. Who can blame desperate parents for wanting to escape the horror that their families are experiencing? Children are being killed on their way to school, children as young as 7 are being forcefully recruited to the frontline, and one in three children have grown up knowing nothing but fear and war. Those children have been exposed to things no child should ever witness, and I know I would risk life and limb to get my two precious babies out of that hellhole.
People across the UK and beyond were understandably devastated by the news of her death, and many took to Twitter to express their deep sadness over this loss.
But the most touching and important tribute to Jo Cox came from her husband, Brendan Cox. It's a message we all need to hear, especially during a week filled with tragedies.
In a statement released on Thursday, he said,
Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo's friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo. Jo believed in a better world, and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people. She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now; one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous. Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.
Unite against hate and live with no regrets: That sounds like absolutely impeccable advice. These are such beautiful words from a man who just lost his wife.