‘He gave tomorrow a face’

Fam­ily’s grief as son takes life out of ‘left-field’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

If you are in dan­ger call 000.

MUCH LOVED: Liam Payne took his own life. “Liam is a beau­ti­ful man and ev­ery­one – they can’t be­lieve he’s gone.”

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