Fatal accident site transformed into memorial garden
A LOCATION once associated with immense amounts of grief and heartache has been transformed into a beautiful memorial garden for family and friends to honour the life and memory of forever 14-month-old Linkon Joel Ussher.
Next Monday will mark one year since the Ussher family, friends and the greater Chinchilla community farewelled Linkon, the "happiest little boy" at a funeral where everyone wore bright clothing to honour his love of colour.
On May 30, Linkon's mother Yardleigh Ussher wrote a moving tribute to the toddler with an infectious giggle to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic accident when he was struck by a reversing vehicle in the carpark of a business on Edward St in Chinchilla.
Yardleigh described the heartache she had felt in the 525600 minutes since that fateful day.
"On this day one year ago, you were tragically torn from our lives and gifted your magnificent wings," Yardleigh wrote.
"My heart aches thinking about that day, I am brought to tears knowing there was nothing anyone could do."
For Yardleigh and father Thomas, the past year has been the hardest of their lives, but it's the memories of their giggling and mischievous little Linkon that provides rays of light in even the darkest of times.
"Our family is very family-orientated, and Linkon is still a very big part of our everyday lives," Yardleigh said.
"I do talk about Linkon quite a lot - I know it makes some people uncomfortable - but it's important to keep talking about him because he was, and still is, a big part of our lives."
"We're doing the best we can, we're just taking it one day at a time."
Last weekend, Linkon's parents, older siblings Quinton, 5, and Kerston, 3, and newly arrived baby sister Payton, 10 weeks, visited the site of the accident which has been turned into a space to celebrate and remember the toddler's life.
A sign displaying 'Linkon Park' along with roses and a bench seat have meant Yardleigh, her family and friends now have a spot to remember the person who made an enormous impact on their lives in such a short amount of time.
"It was created as a memorial garden for everyone to enjoy," Yardleigh said.
"It's in the exact same spot as the accident happened and it's turned a tragic event into a beautiful space."
Although Linkon may be gone, the larger-than-life and adventurous toddler is still very much part of the family.
"Talking about Linkon is the best way to keep his memory alive," Yardleigh said.
"His sister Payton will grow up hearing plenty about Linkon and what he was like."
Yardleigh said on behalf of the Ussher family she would like to thank Keatings Funerals, Lee Dallman at Western Downs Community Church and the wider Chinchilla community for the support throughout the past 12 months.