TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Perhaps you've seen the memorial along Fruitridge Avenue.
Cameron Langenfeld is the boy behind the name on the cross and Pam Bird is the mother behind the make-shift memorial.
"That cross is exactly where Cam's heart came to rest -- so, it's majorly significant!" Bird said.
It is significant to her and significant to those that pass by who might share in the young man's memory.
11-year-old Cam was hit by a car June 1, 2007 -- and the hand-made memorial has become a sort of sanctuary for Bird.
"That's where I feel his presence is, because that's where his heart was,” she said. “That's where Cam breathed his last breath on his own!"
Jennifer Todd is a licensed clinical social worker with Terre Haute's Hamilton Center.
She says the grief felt by families who lose loved-ones in crashes, for instance, can often be categorized as traumatic or complicated bereavement.
"It helps the grieving process!" Todd said.
But why place a memorial road-side and not the grave-side?
"When Cam was put at the cemetery, he was already gone," Bird explained.
As pro road-side memorial as Bird is, she admits many have become quite large and elaborate. She will even tell you they should never obstruct -- that these reminders of accidents should never be the cause of an accident.
If they're in a place that's going to block view then we as a grieving parent need to be cognizant of that and make them smaller so that they don't block view,” Bird said.
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