SAD BUT PROUD: Partner Sharyn Klease and mother Sharyn Taylor with a treasured photo of Luke Hamilton who passed 12 months to the day of RU OK? Day on Thursday, September 12.
SAD BUT PROUD: Partner Sharyn Klease and mother Sharyn Taylor with a treasured photo of Luke Hamilton who passed 12 months to the day of RU OK? Day on Thursday, September 12. Rob Black GLALUKE

Event to prevent feeling of loss that will never go away

IT HAS been a bittersweet week for the two Sharyns; reminded of their dreadful loss, while at the same time remembering all the good times too with their beloved Luke.

Mother of Luke Hamilton, Sharyn Taylor and Luke's partner Sharyn Klease knew the spotlight thrown on depression and suicide during Suicide Prevention Week and RU OK? Day were always going to be painful.

Worse still, September 12 marked the first anniversary of Luke's death.

But the two women acknowledge that for other families, the campaign could be life-saving.

A local in the small Agnes Water surfing community, Luke Hamilton lost his battle with depression 12 months ago.

Ms Taylor said a memorial surf and paddle-out event being held today at the main beach was a great way to celebrate Luke's life and to further help raise awareness of depression and suicide in the community.

"The RU OK? Day walk and this memorial surf are great ideas to make people aware of the problem and how many may be suffering,'' Ms Taylor said.

"People want their loved ones to be remembered in a good way - and if events like this help others then that is a good thing.''

Ms Klease said the Agnes Water community was caring and compassionate and the support they received after Luke's death was most appreciated.

"People have been very supportive and continue to follow-up with their wishes and offers of help,'' Ms Klease said.

Both Ms Taylor and Ms Klease said they were indebted to the Discovery Coast Community Health Service and in particular family support worker Judy Gower who helped Luke during his down times and had organised the walk and memorial surf.

The Memorial Surf in loving memory of Luke John Hamilton is on Saturday, September 14, 10am at Agnes Water's main beach.

"All those who share his love of the ocean please join us; stories and snags to share afterwards in Tom Jeffery Park.''