Katrina Survivors Bury Their Burdens During Remembrance Service

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

DELISLE, MS (WLOX) -  "I'm angry. I'm angry that this disaster happened, and changed all of our lives forever," said Lee Sutton.

You can hear the pain in their voices, and the hurt that lingers in their heart.

"Earlier that year, before Katrina, I lost my child," said Ella Dedeaux.

"It's been a difficult three years for all of us. We not only lost materials things, we lost friends.  We lost memories," said Sutton.

Dedeaux and Sutton joined a small group of people at Delisle Mount Zion United Methodist Church on Wednesday. They gathered to seek comfort from each other and strength from above, as the third anniversary of Katrina looms.

"Some of our people are still grieving the great loss they had in Katrina," said The Rev. RoseMary Williams. "So hopefully, what we do today will give them some spiritual base to continue to be hopeful. Especially since a storm is coming into the gulf this weekend, I think this will give them some strength they will need."

Some quoted scripture: "And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all their faces."

Others spoke from the heart: "Thank you volunteers. Thank you again and again and again."

All wrote their burdens on a piece of paper.

"I am writing that I hate that my insurance has tripled. That makes me crazy," said Sutton.

And they learned to let go, by leaving those troubles at the altar.

"I want to bury Katrina," said Sutton. "I want to remove her totally and completely from my heart."

On Thursday, Delisle Mount Zion United Methodist Church will bring in mental health experts and other resources to help anyone in the community who still needs help recovering.