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Parents honour their sons memory in a beautiful wedding photo tribute.

Anna Bozman Thompson and her husband Travis lost their son Lake to Leukemia in May, a few weeks shy of his ninth birthday. Their special tribute will have you reaching for the tissues.

“It was a really special day,” she told The Huffington Post. “It was bittersweet because Lake wasn’t there.”

A photo Anna had seen on social media gave her the idea to have Lake photo shopped into their wedding pictures. Her wedding photographer Brandy Angel was honoured to perform the special request.

“Although I felt his presence that day and I was actually happy, it was almost unbearable to take family pictures without him,” Thompson wrote in a Facebook post. “I became anxious and almost irritated but I knew these pictures had to be taken. They turned out beautiful and thanks to my amazing photographer she was able to get some special edits done. I needed this picture more than she or anyone could ever know. THIS is my family. And we will be together again.”

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“So many emotions today as ️Lake has been gone for 6 months now. Somehow I have managed to continue going but there have been many days that I did not think I could. I have honestly been making it minute to minute as grief is a huge roller coaster. My 2 little ones have been a huge motivation but my main source of motivation is the promise that through Christ I WILL see my son again and live an eternal life. I cling to this everyday. Although my family will never be complete here on Earth, we will be in Heaven. I do know that ️Lake has been watching over us especially when we got married. He made sure that it would be a day that none of us would forget. Although I felt his presence that day and I was actually happy, it was almost unbearable to take family pictures without him. I could feel my emotions taking over after the ceremony when it was time to take pictures. I became anxious and almost irritated but I knew these pictures had to be taken. They turned out beautiful and thanks to my amazing photographer she was able to get some special edits done. I needed this picture more than she or anyone could ever know. THIS is my family. And we will be together again. Thank you to all of you for the support and love that you have showed our family these past 6 months. Your words of encouragement and your prayers have helped keep me going. I thank you for that. Please don’t ever stop saying Lake’s name. I love you sweet boy.”

Such precious moments they will cherish forever I am sure. I would love to do something like this for lost loved ones. Have you or someone you know done anything similar?  Share your story below.

Images via Facebook.

  • Such a lovely photo and so special for the family

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  • I think it’s absolutely beautiful ! I like it they live in the hope that through Christ they will see their son again and will be complete as a family in heaven. Blessings to this family !

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  • Beautiful family photo – very touching.

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  • An absolutely beautifully touching photo, I did require tissues, I didnt make it through the article without tears.

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  • this is wonderful for the family to feel like he is still with them always

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  • I couldn’t imagine the heartbreak but what a beautiful tribute to their son x


    • It is a beautiful tribute and quite right – an unimaginable loss.

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  • I think it shows emotional bravery for them to have done this.

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  • Wow. Brings tears to my eyes. What a beautiful tribute to their son. He will always be watching over them.

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  • oh wow! this is bittersweet. especially when she states- this is my family. he would be watching over them.

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  • oh wow that is beautiful, touching and heartbreaking – I admire their strength and their hearts

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  • This is simply beautiful.
    To loose a child is a heartbreaking event and although life goes on and there are different events in ones life the lost child is always fondly remembered. This glorious photo is a very special way of showing the child in heaven is still very much part of the family and forever in their thoughts and hearts.

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  • I think it’s beautiful. When I got married, my mum gave me away as my Dad had died a few years prior. I got the photographer to take a photo of mum and I. Next to a framed photo of my dad.

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  • What a beautiful tribute to their son ♥

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  • I’ve seen this getting around on the internet a bit & I think it is just amazing.
    What an amazing photograph to remember you’re wedding whilst including your loved one who has passed on.
    I haven’t done this nor do I know anyone who has but it is just incredible.

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  • I don’t know anyone that did it, but it’s so sweet of this couple to do this!

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