Lost loved ones to be remembered at candle lighting

The Mena Star News | Sarah Wilson

Remembering Hearts Forever, which hosts an annual candle lighting ceremony for people who have lost children, grandchildren or siblings is "a healing thing" for area families according to one such mother who lost her daughter eight years ago, and said she still daily deals with the pain.

Jessica Martin, 28, of Hatfield, lost her six-year-old son Damion last year after a tree-cutting accident.

“It was Sept. 23, 2014,” she said. “He was out with his Stepdad cutting firewood and he ran out under the tree he was cutting. It hit him in the head.”

Jessica and her husband Jonthan rushed Damion to the hosptial and he survived for a couple of days before swelling cut the blood flow off from his brain and he passed away.

“He squeezed my hands,” Jessica said. “We told him we loved him. There was nothing left they could do.”

Jessica said she’s thankful there was time for Damion’s biological father Timothy, his now-nine-year-old brother Jesse and five-year-old sister Summer got to say goodbye. Continue reading
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