Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:15

Maine Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims brings families together Featured

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AUGUSTA - Mothers, brothers, grandparents, and friends gathered Monday at The University of Maine at Augusta to celebrate their loved ones whose lives were ended too soon by murder.

"When life stops - you don't get an opportunity to create new memories about anybody," said Arthur Jette, the Maine chapter leader of Parents of Murdered Children.


Some were mothers, sisters and children but all were victims of tragedy. It s a terrible nightmare to hear that a loved one has died, it's even worse to hear they were murdered.


"Unlike a normal death, the grief process doesn't seem to end," said Jette. 


But to help bring people to a place where they can remember the good times, The Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children held a ceremony for families to come together to talk about their loved ones.


"What we try to do with this event is try to encourage families, survivors, murder victims to be able to speak openly about the memories that they have so those memories do not become lost.


Nancy Maynard lost her son, Scott Libby, back in 2009. Scott was found dead in a car in Bethel after being murdered. Not one day goes by where she doesn't long to see him and tell him that she loves him.


"I take the time that I need to grieve," said Maynard, "I think it's the most important thing."


But much like other victims, she chooses to remember the good times that she's had with her son, especially on Mother's Day.


"From the time that he could walk, he and his father used to pull the wagon to the local greenhouse which was just the country greenhouse and bring me a wagon full of flowers," she said.


It's stories like this that help these individuals create a new normal.


"Healing with these people because you know that they have the same hole that you have," said Maynard, "It never really fills up completely, but this helps, it helps pull it together."

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