Mary and Dick Oxborrow, who lost their son Peter (pictured) in a car accident, encourage others who have lost children to join them at the Compassionate Friends Candlelight service.
Mary and Dick Oxborrow, who lost their son Peter (pictured) in a car accident, encourage others who have lost children to join them at the Compassionate Friends Candlelight service. Sharyn Oneill

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."

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Place: St David's Anglican Church, Simpson St, North Rockhampton

Date: Sunday, December 18

Time: 7pm

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



Winx's magic spell draws out race fans at Middlemount

Winx's magic spell draws out race fans at Middlemount

Visit by mighty mare's managing owner ignites interest in race day

Cyclones out to douse the Flames on home floor

premium_icon Cyclones out to douse the Flames on home floor

Rocky team takes on ladder leaders Townsville at Hegvold

Crash on Rocky main strip, one lane closed

Crash on Rocky main strip, one lane closed

Motorists are advised to avoid the area at this time

Local Partners