‘A mother should never see her children buried’
KIM Dorsett has broken her silence ahead of Wednesday's anniversary of the Dreamworld disaster.
Her children Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett, as well as Luke's partner Roozi Araghi, were killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride on October 25 last year.
Here she recalls that tragic day.
ONE year ago, we were a family of seven enjoying the perfect weather of the Gold Coast.
We had left Canberra in minus morning temperatures and arrived in Brisbane to a heatwave - we were certainly going to love the weather if nothing else.
Luke, Roozi and Katie were fond of the Gold Coast, having visited several times in recent years. They were huge fans of the theme parks and it was their third visit to Dreamworld. They also went to Movie World Fright Night and Sea World during the week we were there.
They could never have known that the decision to visit Dreamworld again on the 25th would shatter hundreds of lives and make worldwide headlines. They would never want people to miss out on the enjoyment and thrills of Dreamworld and the theme parks because of this accident.
Katie was the perfect mummy to her two beautiful girls, and Luke and Roozi the perfect uncles.
Kate's girls will never have those hugs and kisses from their mum that every child should have. The baby of course will have no memory of her beautiful mum, but we will forever tell her how much she was loved if only for a brief time.
The boys loved their nieces, spoiling them at every opportunity with gifts, concerts and birthday parties.
We have faced many firsts this past year without them - Christmas, birthdays and, of course, Mother's Day.
Our year has been filled with tears, laughter and disbelief.
At times, it has been difficult to face this tragedy and getting out of bed can be a major achievement.
A mother should never see her children buried, no matter what the circumstance. I was so fortunate to have shared my life and love with them as long as I did.
It is a fact of my life that I visit my family at the cemetery, no longer able to drop in to annoy them.
Queenslanders have been very kind and generous to my family and for this, I say thank you. To the first responders who so lovingly cared for these three beautiful souls and showered the family with love and affection, my thanks would not be enough. I have been introduced through this horrific event to many beautiful, caring people who shall remain close friends.
I am a proud mother and mother-in-law to Katie, Luke and Roozi. They were certainly well loved as attested by attendance at their funerals, cards, flowers and stories from colleagues and their friends. A collection at their funeral for Queensland Staffy Rescue ensured that other lives were saved.
Dreamworld also donated to the rescue group as Kate would have wanted.
Their deaths have certainly left a hole in hundreds of lives, but none so much as mine, Kate's girls and her loving partner.