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12.10.06

Memory Tree of Lights

 The holidays can be a joyful time, but it can also be very difficult for those who have lost loved ones.
   Tonight, dozens of people gathered to remember those they lost to suicide as part of the annual memory tree of lights ceremony. 
   It was an emotional night as family and friends paid tribute to their loved ones. 
   "The holidays are difficult but suicide is just especially hard," says Terri Robinson, Coordinator of the Memory Tree of Lights.
   About forty people attended the sixth annual Memory Tree of Lights lighting ceremony.
   One-hundred names were placed on the tree this year by those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
  "It brings notice to people we've lost that during the year, no one pays attention but at christmas, get together know now each other feel and helps us celebrate our loved ones," says Josephine Newton, who lost her 10-year-old son.
   "It's amazing, it's the only thing to remember those who have died from suicide," says Brandy Cantu. 

Brandy Cantu, lost her husband almost four years ago, and now must teach her 6 year old son what his father was like.
   "It's a terrible thing I don't want to go through again and I want him to know that his daddy was not a bad person."
   Others will also never know what their family member would have become like Josephine Newton, who lost her 10-year-old son three years ago.
   "You deal with it but it doesn't get easier because you think what would they be like now, it's hard you want your loved one back and they're not coming back."
   But all the survivors say this tree does help them to grieve.
   "You learn to live with it. Not easier but this tree helps in that direction," says Robinson.
   The tree will be on display through January at 1816 South Austin in Amarillo and then donated to a local charity.

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