WAY TO REMEMBER: At St George’s Park for the unveiling of the memorial seat for Russell Majer are (from left) George Majer, Jenny Max and Halina Majer. Picture: Katrina Dodd.IT ONLY takes Jenny Max five minutes to walk to the park and sit on the seat dedicated to her son Russell.
Ms Max, of Latrobe, said choosing to have a seat in the park as a space to remember and reflect as part of the Latrobe Council seat dedication project was an easy decision.
Her son Russell Majer would have turned 25 yesterday.
He committed suicide in November last year while in Melbourne where he was based attending Swinburne University.
Ms Max said after Mr Majer’s funeral in Melbourne she was undecided where to place his ashes.
“I was finding it hard to give up his ashes and then saw this idea from the council and thought it was a great idea.
“This way I don’t have to give up his ashes, I can keep them with me, but I also have somewhere to visit and remember him.
“The council have been really good. I had the choice of four colours for the seat and I chose grey as he liked that colour.
“It has a plaque attached with his name and date of birth and also saying we have donated it.
“It works out well as it was not expensive, and if I ever move or anything I can take ashes with me.
“The seat now has a meaning and will give people somewhere to sit and think and we can also scatter flowers there.”
Ms Max said she will be able to walk to the area on a daily basis.
“It has a nice outlook over the park and you can see the mountain in the background and it gives people a break to observe nature.”
Latrobe Mayor Mike Gaffney said the seat is the second installed from the council’s seat dedication project.
“In this case Jenny is remembering her son with a seat dedication, so perhaps this project may assist with the loss be it through suicide or otherwise,” he said.
If you or someone you know would like help or information about suicide contact Lifeline on 131114.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.