by Lisa Tome
Colleen Chamberlain struggled to hold back tears as she talked about her nephew, Rik Taylor.
Taylor, a Perryville High School graduate, and musician who lived in Delaware, died October 19 in a motor vehicle accident. Chamberlain was in Elkton on Friday, honoring Taylor at the annual Remembrance Tree ceremony.
"I'm here remembering Rik. He left a wife of 20 years.
And a 13-year-old boy, Kade, and 16-year-old boy, Zen. I wanted to be here today for them," said Chamberlain. "I came here to put ribbons on the trees for them and for me."
"I have a void in my heart. In all my life, this is the worst thing that ever happened. I can't even accept that he is gone. I'm not in denial, but I'm not accepting it. He was a wonderful husband and father," said Chamberlain.
"It's so sad but there is a baby here today. Life goes on. Somebody comes and somebody goes," said Chamberlain.
Once again, the Remembrance Trees were placed at the Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation.
The Remembrance Tree program gives people a way to remember a loved one during the holiday season. The name of a loved one is written on a ribbon. The ribbon is then placed on the tree which is on the front porch of Northern Chesapeake Hospice Foundation, 229 East Main Street, Elkton. And will remain there until early in the new year. For the second year, there is also a tree for children to place their memories.
Don Fish was at the tree remembering three members of his family - his daughter, Terri Kline, stepson Baldey Kline, and his mother-in-law, Margot. "It's special. Just doing a remembrance makes you feel like you are doing something. It takes away some of the ache," said Fish. "I want people to come here and look at the ribbons. Today is a special day. People forget too soon."
Those who missed Friday's event may stop by NCHF and place a ribbon on the tree. The tree will remain in place until after the new year.