December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 23, 2013
A Norfolk mother who still does not know why her happy, healthy 10-year-old son died in his sleep will walk in his memory this month.
On Saturday, August 31, Julieanne Smith will join dozens of others in a memorial walk around the Blicking Hall estate for the child bereavement charity Nelson’s Journey.
It will be an emotional day for the Reedham mum whose eldest son, Liam, died in his bed in February 2008. A seemingly healthy little boy, his death remains a heartbreaking mystery five years on.
“Liam had always been a very happy and healthy little boy,” said Mrs Smith.
“He had lots of friends and girlfriends. He was always full of smiles, so this came as a massive shock to us all and five years on we still have no answers as to why he died.
“He left behind his two younger brothers, who were four and eight when he died, and they are still very lost without their bigger brother.
“Nelson’s Journey were recommended to us and they have done a fantastic job with not just our kids, but my husband and myself as well, helping to get us back on our feet.”
Just two years after losing Liam, the Smith family needed Nelson’s Journey again when one of their best friends was killed in a road accident aged just 29, leaving behind his wife and three daughters.
“Losing two people so special leaves a massive hole, not just in our hearts but our lives as well, but with great support you find the strength to carry on,” said Mrs Smith.
Liam’s dad, Ray, and brothers, Jamie, now 13, and Callum, now 10, will also take part in the walk around the National Trust estate.
Event organiser Sophie Berry, from Nelson’s Journey, said the walk is open to everyone. The aim is to provide an opportunity to bring people together who wish to remember a special person or people who have died.
“For many years we have wished to hold an event like this,” said Ms Berry.
“Grief is a journey which no one wants to take, however, we will all have to at some point. Many people don’t experience a significant bereavement until later in life, however, for a lot of children and young people it is something they are faced with and it can be a struggle.
“We are extremely grateful to the National Trust Blickling Estate and to sponsor Gordon Barber Funeral Services.”
•To register for the walk visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk and click Get Involved. Registration is £2 per person, under 5s are free.