A mourning family published a tragic picture of a widower separated from his kids for his wife’s funeral in Victoria.
Mother-of-six Clare Ross died of suicide on Sunday, August 30 after disappearing from her home in Ferntree Gully in southeast Melbourne.
Her body was discovered about 500 m from their home in a quarry one week later. She should have turned 79 on Wednesday.
Her son Danny Ross posted a photo of her funeral and described the experience as “cold and lonely.”
“Whoever decided that only 10 people can attend a funeral in approximately a 800sq m church needs there heads read,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Look at that picture and tell me it’s right. There’s my dad sitting on his own without support or a cuddle from his daughters or sons in his time of need.
“It’s disgusting and needs to be changed. How do we get this changed.
“The most stupid thing is More than 100 people can shop in a supermarket at any one time. I’m not looking for sympathy I’m asking for change.”
“It’s not the church’s fault they are just following the rules,” he said. “But I wasn’t even listening to the service I was just so angry inside at where the 10 of us were sitting.
“All I could think of was my dad, sitting on his own crying and no one could go over there and give him a hug.”
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