A GRIEVING mum told this week how the birth of a grandchild is helping her cope with the devastating loss of her son.
Janette Ferry spoke following the funeral of 24-year-old Graeme which took place more than six months after he went missing.
Mr Ferry disappeared after attending a party near his Bellshill home in April.
After a lengthy police investigation, his body was found at a landfill site near Carfin last month. Three men have been charged with murdering him and disposing of his body.
Following a post-mortem examination, Mr Ferry’s body was released to his family and the funeral was held at Holytown Crematorium on Monday last week.
Mourners were led by Mr Ferry’s mum, dad John and older brother Andy.
Mrs Ferry, of Hooper Place, Bellshill, said: “Andy and his girlfriend, Abi, have a two-year-old boy, Andrew, and their second child was born a week before Graeme’s funeral.
“It was good that we could celebrate a new life at this time. It gave us a wee lift. They live near me in Bellshill so I’ll see a lot of my grandchildren which helps.”
The family were touched by the large turnout at Graeme’s funeral.
Mrs Ferry said: “Graeme had lots of friends and the crematorium was packed. People who couldn’t get in were standing outside in the rain.
“It was a beautiful service led by Rev Alan McKenzie, of MacDonald Memorial and Orbiston Parish Church.
“I have only happy memories of Graeme and I wrote a wee eulogy, but Mr McKenzie read it out as none of the family were fit to.
“Graeme liked Oasis and so do I, so we had one of their songs - Live Forever - at the start of the service and another - Don’t Look Back in Anger - at the end.”
A collection at the end raised around £350 for St Andrew’s Hospice, an organisation close to the heart of Mrs Ferry, a former nurse.
She thanked friends, neighbours and everyone else who has helped the family during a very difficult time as well as Mr McKenzie for conducting the funeral service and undertakers John Clark.
Mrs Ferry added: “People have been unbelievable in their kindness. You forget how many good folk there are in the world.
“Fr Michael Brown , my priest at St Gerard’s Church in Bellshill, has been very good as have the visitors from the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
“And the police were fantastic all along. They were determined to find Graeme for me and they did. Finding his body was a huge relief because we wanted to have a Christian funeral for him.
“Graeme was missing for a long time, but the police did everything they said they would.
“The police family liaison officers were brilliant. They phoned every day and visited me two or three times a week.
“I’m going to miss them so much because they became part of the family.”