Memorial bench with a difference on Southsea Beach

In memory of Isobel Hunter Russel

I hate to say, but I tend to be a bit of a cynic at times but this chance encounter with a decorated bench, dressed to honour a departed loved one – really moved me.  When I looked further, I could see that it was a very special baby who was with us for just five short months – Isobel Hunter Russel 16th April 2004 – 27th September 2004 – but who made a huge impact in that time. I don’t know who customised this tribute to her – her parents or family I assume – but it was joyous to see.   (Bench is near the Coffee Cup, the Eastney end of Southsea Beach, Portsmouth)

4 comments

  1. damian o'malley

    Isobel was my daughter. So pleased you saw the beauty in our happy place in memory of our daughter,sister,grandchild,cousin and niece. Isobel stopped breathing for 8 minutes at birth. She experienced an hypoxy brain injury which left her with severe brain damage. Her short life was uncomfortable for her but she brought much love into may peoples lives. So glad that she still touches peoples lives. Damian x

    • It’s a beautiful way to remember a precious one. Thanks so much for getting in touch with me. I always try to walk past this bench when I walk along the beach.

  2. Lorien loten

    Hi Sue , so nice of you to comment , it is my daughters bench and on her birthday a few years ago my mum suggested decorating her bench with more than just flowers . We asked all our friends to knit a patch and we sewed them all together and created a mixed pattern.it looked so fab so each year mum knits a new bit for the bench. There are no real ways to get over the loss of a baby but we try as a family to keep happy and to think of our angel enjoying her knitted bench !!

    • Thank you for reaching out to me. I love your bench and can feel the joy and love whenever I pass by – and I do try to do that every time I walk along the seafront. I am sure she loves it too.

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