BY Daniel Harkins | January 27 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

24 Maryam-Najafian

St Aloysius service for teacher who died in sledging accident

Family and friends of Maryam Najafian gathered at the Catholic Church in Glasgow to pay tribute to the teacher who died on January 18

Hundreds of people gathered in St Aloysius Church in Glasgow yesterday for the funeral of teacher Maryam Najafian (above) who died in a sledging accident.

The 25-year-old Lanark Primary teacher from East Kilbride had been sledging in Kelvingrove Park on January 18 when she suffered head injuries following a crash and later died in Southern General Hospital.

Fr Tim Curtis, parish priest at St Aloysius, led the service alongside Fr Brian Lamb, parish priest at St Joseph’s in Blantyre, and Imam Sobhani.

Temporary additional seating was needed at the church for the service which was attended by friends and family, including Miss Najafian’s partner of two-years Andrew Duncan, who she was due to marry in the summer.

Readings were made from the Bible and the Qur’an and tributes given by family and friends.

The entrance hymn Morning Has Broken preceded a reading of EE Cummings poem I Carry Your Heart With Me. Several other family members read poems that they dedicated to the young teacher, including Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

Margaret Scott, Lanark Primary headteacher, also gave a reading, while Miss Najafian’s partner read out a personal letter.

—daniel@sconews.co.uk

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