Why Bruce and Denise Morcombe are smiling more
BRUCE and Denise Morcombe are looking a lot happier these days.
It's like the weight of the world has been lifted off their shoulders.
The jailing of Brett Peter Cowan, the man convicted of killing Daniel, means they are 'moving on'.
Their strategy to cope is simple.
They work hard, travelling to schools around the country promoting child safety as well as lobbying for a national child safety curriculum and law reform.
"We haven't been home for the last month. We've been flat out,'' Denise told the Daily. "We've been to Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra,''
Daniel's twin Bradley married his long-time sweetheart in August.
Close friends have noticed there are a lot more smiling faces as the Morcombes post pictures, which are liked by thousands, on social media, of their latest Daniel Morcombe Foundation efforts.
Denise agreed life was definitely getting better.
"As soon as the verdict said guilty and we walked out those glass doors, it was like a massive weight was lifted off my shoulders.''
"It's so much different.''
Their best-selling book Where is Daniel? has given many Australians incredible insight into their strength and their ability to keep their marriage together, despite years of not knowing what had happened to their 13-year-old boy.
Even as we are talking, a woman from Port Stephens approaches Denise to say hello and tell of why she had to do the Palmwoods walk after reading the book.
"I met two other families from Melbourne who flew up, especially for the walk. It's really lovely. People make a big effort.''
Denise said she received continual messages on social media and emails to the foundation from people saying how much the book had meant to them.
"They have read the book and they feel like they have travelled the whole journey with us,'' Denise said.
"We might get 100 people who read the book and they will all have a different view. It will help them in a different way.
"I think a lot of people read it and think 'If the Morcombes had this happen to them and survive and bad things happen to them they can pull through it as well.
"I think it has helped a lot of people.''
The Morcombes were thrilled with the 1200 turnout for the 10th Walk for Daniel, a huge increase on the 90 who joined the first walk.
Across Australia, there were 1500 schools doing Day for Daniel activities, 700 of them in Queensland.
As for how long they will keep Day for Daniel going, Denise says as long as people keep supporting it, the foundation will continue to put it on.
"It's not only remembering Daniel, it's an awareness day, that's what we want it to be.'''