‘He gave tomorrow a face’
Family’s grief as son takes life out of ‘left-field’
NO PARENT should have to bury their child but that is the reality Karen Sadler was faced with when her 19-yearold son Liam Payne tragically took his own life.
And Mrs Sadler isn’t the only one asking that unanswearble question – “why?”.
Her husband Mark has lost the stepson he called his own and 11-year-old Jack has lost the big brother he adored.
“My brother was the best person in the whole wide world,” said the speech Jack struggled to give at at Cannonvale’s Reef Gateway Hotel on October 16.
“It’s such a downer that he had to go so soon – but we can’t re-set the past.”
Stepdad Mark’s eulogy also spoke of a young man who “gave tomorrow a face” with his “signature smile”.
“Liam, now that you are gone, we are devastated, we cannot make sense of it. My words cannot express our grief and loss,” Mr Sadler said.
For Mrs Sadler one of the hardest things to come to terms with has been the fact that Liam’s death was “completely left-field”.
Liam was a third-year apprentice plumber with a promising career and his whole life ahead of him.
“Liam is a beautiful man and everyone – they can’t believe he’s gone. It’s completely senseless,” Mrs Sadler said.
In addition to wanting to thank the Whitsunday community, who have shown her family overwhelming support, there’s another reason Mrs Sadler has chosen to come forward and share her grief.
With so many young people now pouring to the region at an emotionally volatile time in their lives, she wants everyone to know help can always be near at hand.
“You can literally put your hand up at any time and say, ‘I’m feeling sad, I’m feeling lonley, I need help’,” she said.
If you or someone you know has been affected by issues raised in this article, contact Beyondblue on 1300 224 636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or MensLine on 1300 789 978.
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MUCH LOVED: Liam Payne took his own life. “Liam is a beautiful man and everyone – they can’t believe he’s gone.”