By RICHARDSON DHALAI Thursday, February 21 2013
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REST IN PEACE MY CHILD: Noel Charles leans over to kiss his daughter Faith Henry, two, during her funeral service yesterday in Cap-de-Ville. The child...
OVERWHELMING grief mixed with shock and disbelief were the major emotions at yesterday’s funeral service for two-year-old Faith Henry who died after being stung by a scorpion while sorting through some clothes at her Chatham Village home last week Friday.
There was nary a dry eye at Faith’s funeral held at the Mt Pleasant #1 Independent Baptist Church, Maharaj Road, Cap-de-Ville. Faith’s mother Nadraka Henry, grandmother Cheryl Henry and many other relatives and friends were inconsolable with grandmother Henry sobbing, “mama gone, mama gone!”
Nadraka had to be supported as she was on the verge of collapsing near the small pink casket which bore Faith’s remains. Noel Charles leaned over the casket as he lovingly kissed the cheek of his daughter.
The little girl was remembered by Pastor Paul McGuire as “a wonderful child”, who loved to talk and enjoyed attending the church’s Sunday school.
“She was a wonderful child, who loved to talk and who could engage you in a conversation despite her young age.
“My last conversation with her was when I went to bring her to Sunday school and she asked me if I liked a pair of slippers her mother had purchased for her,” McGuire said.
McGuire advised mourners not to focus on the incident which took away their “little angel” but rather focus on the quality of their lives. During the eulogy, Charlene Ramsamooj recalled that Faith liked to dress up and used to wait until her father came home from work to take off his shoes.
She would also await the arrival of her grandmother Cheryl Henry, during the evening to inquire if she had brought any snacks.
In an emotional tribute, another relative Anika Jackson, wept during her rendition of Whitney Houston’s song, “I look to you” and had to be assisted by a church member while the congregation sang along.
Also attending the service was Cedros councillor, Fitzroy Beache who said he had attended the service because he knew the little girl’s relatives.