Jamal Edwards’ “Homecoming” Funeral – Brenda’s singing tribute and symbol in the sky

Brenda Edwards, who bravely spoke about the tragic death of son Jamal Edwards in her first interview on Loose Women, opened up about the emotional day she put her boy to rest

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Brenda Edwards says she was with Jamal when he died

As Jamal Edwards. tragically passed away – mother Brenda was determined to fulfill his wishes and keep his legacy alive.

Jamal, who founded urban online music platform SB.TV and has worked with big names like Ed Sheeran and Will.i.am, sadly died of a “sudden heart attack” in February this year.

During her first interview since the loss of her 31-year-old son, Brenda bravely spoke about being by Jamal’s side as he passed and how grateful she is for the overwhelming support the family has received.

Recalling the day he died, Brenda said, “The only thing I want to say is that I was with him and his sister was with us, we were all at home. It came suddenly and unexpectedly and he went to heart arrest.

“Then he walked by with me holding my hand, so I feel a little reassured knowing I was with him. As much as that is a comfort, it is also a vision I will never forget.”

Brenda explained that Jamal left detailed instructions on how to take over his charities and businesses and how to plan details of his funeral.

Brenda Edwards spoke about son Jamal’s homecoming service


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Though Brenda doesn’t refer to the day Jamal was laid to rest as a funeral, he uses the heartwarming term “homecoming” instead.

Speaking to fellow Loose Women colleague Coleen Nolan, Brenda revealed that her son, who was a huge Chelsea FC fan, wanted his beloved team to be as involved as his birthplace.

“I was glad to get that instruction from him,” Brenda explained. “He wanted Luton to be there, he wanted Chelsea Football Club to be there and music was a big thing for him.

“He was born in Luton so we went back and had his home church service there. He had a blue and white theme that he was sure looking down on and thinking, ‘come on’.

Brenda said everyone wore blue and white during the “really beautiful” day and there was live music and entertainment in his honor.

The former X Factor singer believes Jamal smiled down at her as an incredible symbol formed in the sky.

“When we laid him down, it was really beautiful. We looked up at the sky and there was a J,” she added. The clouds had formed a J. A friend took a picture of it.”

Brenda has vowed to carry on her son’s legacy



Jamal had planned every detail



One of the most poignant moments of Jama’s homecoming duty was when Brenda herself got up to perform.

Loose Women panelist Jane Moore, who was one of the guests in attendance, said: “She was singing and I just don’t know how she got through it and how she has the strength to do it, but she did it.

“The fact that he gave the letter what he wanted made her stronger, so she could say, ‘No, that’s what Jamal wanted.’ She delivered it to the absolute T.

“And it was the most beautiful day, bright sunshine. We say ‘funeral’ and we mourn a funeral. There was something very uplifting about that day.

“It was just a really weird feeling. You say ‘that’s so uplifting’ but then you say ‘but he’s not here anymore’.”

Brenda founded the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust in memory of her son, who supports causes closest to him and honors his legacy.

Jamal has been helping out at a homeless shelter every Christmas for the last 10 years and wanted to support people with mental health issues.

Brenda spoke to her close friend Coleen Nolan



Brenda explained that there were two main aspects when it was founded: “Jamal was about empowering young people. We want to set up an academy for 16-21 year olds and give them an internship if you want, within an organization over a year where they learn everything from scratch.

“And then we also want to set up a shelter for the homeless.”

Coleen commented that when she listens to Brenda she “sees Jamal,” adding, “It’s like Jamal talking, you’ve found his passion.”

Speaking of her son’s legacy, Brenda confessed, “He said, ‘We all die, the goal is not to live forever, but to create something that will.’ And I think he created something that will, and I’m committed to making sure it will. That is my goal.”

While speaking with Coleen, Brenda admitted she takes each day as it comes and opened up about the bedtime routine that’s dedicated to her son and “keeps her going.”

She said: “When I wake up every morning – all his photos are obviously still at the house – and I look at him and say ‘good morning baby’ and ‘good night baby’.

“And I think that’s what keeps me going. He always had that beautiful, bright smile that kept getting brighter.

Brenda and Jamal were incredibly close


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“He had this weird laugh. I feel his presence constantly and I know I’ve always been someone who has faith and belief and that has been a great comfort to me.”

Brenda also spoke about the support she’s received from her Loose Women co-stars, describing it as her family.

“It was funny, everyone’s like, ‘What can I do?’ I had Judi and Charlene bringing food over. I had food from all directions,” she said.

Brenda is set to return to the Loose Women studio during Tuesday’s show – and admitted she was desperate to get back to work.

“It was great to have the ladies there and it’s something that has been a big part of my life and the lives of the kids that I have to give back.

“I missed everyone. Thank you for supporting me and being there for me at the end of the phone.”

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