Dozens pay respects at funeral of tragic ‘Ana’
DOZENS of strangers attended the funeral for an asylum seeker whose death left an orphaned 10-year-old boy in Springburn.
Around 40 people, including local residents, representatives from the local community council and a primary school, attended the service at Springburn Parish Church to pay their respects to ‘Ana’.
The 35-year-old, who was born and raised in Georgia, a former Soviet republic on the border of Europe and Asia, died after a long illness at the age of 35.
Springburn Church minister Rev Brian Casey was asked to organise the funeral by the headmaster of Ana’s son’s school. The future of the 10-year-old, who has lived in Glasgow since he was three, is uncertain as his mum was waiting the outcome of an appeal for asylum.
Mr Casey and Father McGrath have set up an appeal to raise money to support the youngster and have raised £700 so far.
Rev Brian Casey, said it was “heart-warming” and a true measure of local community spirit that so many people turned out to express love, faith and prayers for her son, who was described as “the centre of her life”.
He said: “Ana’s death is tragic and very sad but we were so glad to be able to give that Glasgow welcome to her family. Irrespective of people’s faith or creed, we are here to serve them in the way Christ served people of the Jewish faith or no faith.
“It was heartwarming to see so many local people attend to show support for a grieving family,” he said.
“Despite its problems, Springburn has a very strong community and we can still come together and support people in times of need.
“I am a chaplain at Ana’s son’s school and was asked if I could help give him some kind of closure because his mother’s body is being sent back to Georgia to be buried and he wouldn’t have been able to attend the funeral.
“I contacted my colleague Father McGrath and we worked together to bring the faith community of Springburn together to celebrate the life of Ana.”
Around 40 people attended the funeral of ‘Ana’ at Springburn Parish Churc after the 35-year-old died following a long illness