Service to honour loved ones lost
IT'S been 37 years, but Rockhampton's Mary Oxborrow still feels the hurt of losing a child.
In 1974, Mary and her husband, Dick, lost their 19-year-old son Peter in a car accident.
"We were living in England at the time and he was over here for a gap year," she said on Thursday. "He had the most beautiful smile."
But despite the pain the Oxborrow family has felt since that day, Mary is thankful for the opportunity to honour Peter every year at the Compassionate Friends Christmas Candlelight Rememberance Service, which will be held tomorrow. The service invites all families who have suffered the loss of a child of any age to participate in honouring and celebrating the lives of their children.
Each child is represented with a candle and a special bauble placed on a Christmas tree.
Mary said it was a wonderful opportunity for people to publicly remember their loved ones in an environment of concern and love.
"It's just a little action to make a memory come alive," she said.
The service will also include a slideshow as well as poetry, readings, songs and music significant to the children and their families.
Mary has been a part of the group since its inception and encourages others who have lost a child, whether it be recent or not, to join the group on Sunday.
"Your loss never ceases to be significant, but this allows you to feel agony for other people," she said.
Mary hopes she can be an example of how, despite a loss as tragic as hers, you keep on living.
"Meeting other people who have suffered in the same way let's you know you're not alone."
Place: St David's Anglican Church, Simpson St, North Rockhampton
Date: Sunday, December 18
For more info phone Karen Shillington on 4928 8832 or 0419 710 985
It's just a little action to make a memory come alive