He’s finally coming home – RIP now Daniel Morcombe

November 30, 2012

Bits and Pieces

What a bittersweet day it must be today for Bruce and Denise Morcombe, of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Their beloved boy, Daniel, is finally coming home. News late yesterday came that the State Coroner has approved the return of his remains to the family for burial, 3280 days after his disappearance and 467 days after their discovery.

It’s an unfathomable length of time.

I remember the day Daniel disappeared, barely 30 mins from my home. I remember so, so many red ribbons on letterboxes, and on some houses they can still be seen tied, but faded and tattered many years later. I remember there was initially much hope and many, many prayers said for his safety and return. I remember being in awe of the strength and gutsy determination shown by the Morcombes and their relentless campaign for Daniel to come back to them. I remember feeling an indescribable knot in my stomach for Bruce, Denise and their other two lads and I certainly remember the fear that Daniel’s disappearance struck in every parent, nationwide. There but for the grace of God, go I.

When hope for Daniel’s safety began to fade and the tragic realisation of his fate was acknowledged, the Morcombes continued their campaign with even greater vigour. They have been active campaigner for child saftey, taking their message wide and far to protect our children, yours and mine, and for this I humbly thank them. During all of this time, in every public moment of every one of their 3280 Daniel-less days they have maintained an almost super-human dignity and composure.

The discovery of Daniel’s resting place, and arrest of the man being trialled for his murder, must be of minimal comfort for the Morcombes. It finishes the uncertainty of their wondering but then it begins the trauma of hearing and seeing details of events that would have to be far worse than any parent’s nightmare. So senseless, so sad and for me, so close to home, literally.

If I were ever given the opportunity to meet the Morcombes, I’m certain I’d be lost for words because “I’m so sorry for your loss” just doesn’t cut it, does it? Nothing can. I’d just be hoping that the biggest hug in the world would convey that parents, Australia wide, thank them: thanks for being role models of grace, dignity and composure that we can all aspire to; and thanks for the tireless work in helping to keep our youngsters safe.

Now that Daniel is coming home, to be farewelled and properly laid to rest by his family and friends, it’s up to us to ensure the child safety message continues to be reinforced. Please be assured, Bruce and Denise, that Australia will never forget Daniel and his big, beautiful blue eyes. We can’t. May you finally rest in peace young man.

Today I’m grateful for the end of another week and that means it’s Friday linkup to share with some fabulous blogs …

Grace’s Flog Yo Blog Friday and Bree’s Flash Blog Friday.
These 2 gals host awesome Aussie linkups, so head over for some great blog reading!

Photo sourced from The Courier Mail

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22 Responses to “He’s finally coming home – RIP now Daniel Morcombe”

  1. Lydia C. Lee Says:

    I just wanted to say I came by and read this. I still find it very upsetting, and can’t imagine what it’s been like for them.

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    • Shari Says:

      Thank you for stopping by and reading, Lydia – it’s really hard to even begin to imagine his familiy’s ongoing grief. It’s a tragic situation x

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  2. Trish Says:

    My heart breaks for Daniel’s parents and brothers – it has been so long.
    Beautiful post.

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    • Shari Says:

      Thanks Trish, it’s such an awful thing for his parents and brothers and how they’ve been so amazing throughout it all is humbling. It’s all very local to where I live and there are constant heartbreaking reminders – he’ll never be forgotten xx

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  3. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset Says:

    I’m glad they get to have some closure to this terrible story. I don’t know if it will help at all, but I think it would be better to know what happened than to always be wondering. Either way it is a tragedy that should never have happened and as a parent, it’s my worst fear. Sending lots of healing prayers for them.

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    • Shari Says:

      It is every parent’s worst nightmare isn’t Aroha. I’m sure that the family are always in the hearts and prayers of so many Australians. xx

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  4. Cate Says:

    Beautiful post.

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  5. Cathy Says:

    Bawling as I read this. We will never forget Daniel. Bruce and Denise and their family are amazing human beings, polar opposites to the monster who committed this crime. More tears to come for the Morcombes and we can only offer our love and support to them as they endure what no parent should. Rest in peace Daniel, your legacy is a safer community for many xx

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  6. Sarah Says:

    What a lovely post. Ive been close to Denise and Bruce through my work over the years and they are people I call my friends and your focus on bringing him is so respectful to what they would be going through today. So many people are speaking of what good news it is but the reality is for them (like all families of missing people) its never good news, its not closure, its just another chapter in a truly terrible story. Thanks for sharing this x

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    • Shari Says:

      Thank you Sarah, so much, for your comment. I was hoping that this conveyed the message you did get from it – I hope that this week, as difficult as it will be, that Bruce and Denise will feel the love and suport of Australians who ensure Daniel’s memory is never lost xx

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  7. Eleise @A Very Blended Family Says:

    It is such an upsetting story, I am glad that the body will be returned. I can’t imagine how horrible this must be for the family.

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  8. Joyce Says:

    Such a sad situation. I can’t imagine having lost my Daniel when he was a child or even now. Sick people in the world.

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  9. Beck Says:

    Such a moving post, what these parents have had to endure is unimaginable, the way they have conducted themselves, and continued their campaign to keep children safe is beyond inspiring, my heart goes out to them, and I pray that when they finally get to lay their son Daniel to rest, they may begin to heal…..

    Daniel, forever in the heats of Australia.

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  10. Krystle Says:

    Every parents worst nightmare. I’m glad that after all this time they will have a chance to give him a farewell, but it’s still so incredibly sad.

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    • Shari Says:

      The worst ever nightmare isn’t it, Krystle. I hope there is some peace but nothing will lessen the sadness. xx

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  11. alwayslauren Says:

    What a heartfelt post. Popping over from FYBF – so glad I saw this.
    Lauren x

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  12. Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye Says:

    Such a tragedy that will impact them for the rest of their lives. I hope this allows them to find some closure and to move on with Daniel firmly in their hearts.

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