A child’s death is not what we expect from life’s natural course of events. We assume that children outlive their parents and when this unthinkable tragedy occurs, it is hard to imagine that anything can make a family whole again or allow us to move forward with our lives.
A little over a year ago we imagined a place of solitude, a place to reflect and a place to remember our children. We wanted to create a place to soften the sadness of visitors who needed a special place to honor the memory of their child. Our dreams came true last year when we were granted permission to build such a place at the southwest corner of Lakeview Park. Our Children’s Memorial became a reality.
It is a parent’s biggest fear that their child will be forgotten. As we look at the names inscribed on the pavers at our Children’s Memorial, we know that they will always be remembered. Many years from now, visitors will know who our children were. They did exist. This Children’s Memorial is not only for our children, but all of the children in this area who have died. The legacy of the children, a legacy of love and caring will always be felt at the Children’s Memorial. This is our gift to the community, our way of saying thank you for the support we have received. It’s our way of saying that we care about all of the children who have died and their families.
Maybe you will visit our Children’s Memorial one day and sit in the shade of the trees and remember our children. It is our hope that you will enjoy it and the memory of the children. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is: “When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.”
Today when we visit Lakeview Park, we know we have accomplished the mission of The Compassionate Friends. We cannot thank the city of Port Clinton enough for the continued support for The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County. You allowed us the opportunity to remember our children in such a way that can be shared the community for years to come. Because of you, we have a place to visit, remember and reflect. We also need to thank Port Clinton City employees, Family Campground, Matt Holcomb, Sam Halsted, David Glasser, Rob Hickman, Tim Smith, Vince Leone, Larry Holman, Bergman Orchards, Otto & Urban Florists, Ottawa Seneca and Sandusky Solid Waste District, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, our friends and family, but most of all, our parents, who spent countless hours to build our memorial. Our children will forever be honored at The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County Children’s Memorial.
The Compassionate Friends of Ottawa County