Outdoor park benches are a place to socialize, read a good book, and simply relax while taking in the surroundings. But they can also serve as a special space to celebrate an important event or honor a fallen friend. A family in Henderson County, Kentucky did just that when they ordered a memorial bench to remember a loving mother and her son who perished in 2021.
Braelen Hicks-Schaefer and her one-year-old son, Weston, died tragically in an automobile accident – leaving a huge hole in the hearts of Braelen’s husband and family members. To pay tribute to their loved ones, Braelen’s aunt, Jamie McCormick, contacted Furniture Leisure to create a memorial bench that they could place at a local ballpark where Braelen played as a child and was most recently a coach.
Braelen’s family customized a memorial bench with a heartfelt message and large, printed vinyl photos of Braelen and Weston. Jamie expressed her gratitude to Furniture Leisure for bringing their bench vision to life. “I wish you guys were closer to come out for the unveiling to see how happy our friends and family will be…all thanks to you!”
The beautiful bench was unveiled in August 2022 and now sits at the Baskett Recreation Park in Henderson County where families can see their smiling faces and know Braelen and Weston are cheering the players on.
The Hicks-Schaefer family said they take comfort in knowing Braelen can forever watch the games she grew up to love and are hopeful that the bench will keep Braelen and Weston’s memories alive at the ballfield.
To the Hicks-Schaefer family, friends, and community, we appreciate the opportunity and trust you gave us to make this memorial bench in honor of Braelen and Weston a reality. It has been an absolute privilege working with you, even through this difficult time. The bench is beyond beautiful and so is the heartfelt message behind it. Braelen and Weston are truly blessed to have such loving, caring people in their lives. Thank you from all of us at Furniture Leisure. Our hearts and prayers are with you.