Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson and Paul McCartney all prove that there can be happiness after grief for Peaches Geldof's husband Thomas Cohen

Our hearts broke as Peaches Geldof‘s widower Thomas Cohen has paid emotional tribute to his late wife following her shock death last week.

Bob Geldof and Paula Yates‘ daughter, 25, was found dead at an address in Kent on April 7 and now leaves behind her husband and their two sons Astala, 23 months, and Phaedra, 11 months.

‘My beloved wife was adored by myself and our two sons,’ Thomas, who married Peaches in September 2012, has said in a statement.

‘I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever.’

Thomas is just 23, so it seems even more painful that he could face a whole lifetime of grief as a single father of two. It has evenbeen reported that he is considering changing his name to Thomas Geldof Cohen so that he can carry Peaches’ name forever.

But although he won’t be thinking about it now while his heartbreak is so raw, I hope, in time, he will be able to find happiness again.

When the moment is right, perhaps Thomas will be able to draw inspiration from the brave former celebrity widowers who have met new life partners while still honouring the legacy and love of their late wives.

Liam Neeson‘s actress wife Natasha Richardson tragically died in 2009 from injuries sustained in a skiing accident, leaving the actor to raise their two sons alone.

Now, however, Liam, 61, has found love with PR executive Freya St Johnston.

Likewise, Pierce Brosnan, 60, was devastated when first wife Cassandra Harris lost a battle with cancer in 1991.

But journalist Keely Shaye Smith, who he met in 1994, helped him move on and in 2001 they wed. They now have two children together.

Paul McCartney, 71, has been married twice since wife Linda passed away from breast cancer in 1998: first to Heather Mills from 2002 until their split in 2006 and now to Nancy Shevell, who he tied the knot with in October 2011.

As these celebrities prove, time can be a great healer.

So wouldn’t it be a cruel twist if Thomas spent the rest of his days pining for his lost love, instead of living and enjoying life? I’m sure Peaches wouldn’t want that…

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