THE FAMILY of a Stroud schoolboy who recently died have shared moving pictures of Friday’s funeral.
On Friday at St Matthew’s Church, Cainscross, family and friends gathered to say an emotional goodbye to five-year-old Liam Ellis, from Cashes Green.
The Foxmoor Primary School pupil died on August 24 following a holiday in Bridport, Dorset during which he suddenly became ill.
The theme of the service was very much centred around love, as the family say that Liam had huge amounts to give and was loved so much.
On route to the Church before the service the family cars stopped at Foxmoor School.
Parents from the school had laid down a floral tribute and all the children and teachers came out to pay their respects to the family.
School children also painted lots of sunflowers and stars at school before the funeral which the teachers kindly decorated the church with.
To start the service all the family took Liam’s casket in and walked behind – younger family members had decorated his casket and the cars in handmade rainbow stickers.
One of the most poignant parts of the service was when the Reverend James Turk read out an emotional and beautiful eulogy written by Liam’s parents, Martina and Sam.
“Liam was such a happy, considerate boy – he filled a room with his joyfulness,” he read.
“He was also handsome, clever and cheeky.
“He loved music, singing, dancing and giggling.
“Liam hardly ever gave us trouble.
“We love him so much – he is deeply missed by us.
“Life will never be the same again.
“Thank you for the love and happiness you gave us – until we meet again.”
After the service the family invited friends to join them at The Boho Bakery in King’s Stanley, which also had a Lego, colouring and play area set up for Liam’s friends to enjoy.
The parents said that Jane from Family Tree Funeral Directors of Stroud was extremely supportive and compassionate in helping guide them through a very traumatic time.
“The whole experience of looking after Liam and working with Sam and Martina on the funeral arrangements was very moving and is an experience I will never forget,” said Jane.
“The funeral was one of the best I’ve attended and the commitment, love and support from everyone there was extraordinary.”
The parents are self-employed dance teachers and are struggling to come to terms with his devastating and sudden loss.
If anyone wishes to donate to a GoFundMe page set up by Liam’s uncle to support the family at this time they can visit – bit.ly/3RrDa1T