Hopes to find son’s ashes urn

Mosgiel woman Ngairena Hibbs is hoping someone will find the missing urn containing some of the ashes of her son, Todd Campbell (pictured). Photos: Gerard O'Brien
Mosgiel woman Ngairena Hibbs is hoping someone will find the missing urn containing some of the ashes of her son, Todd Campbell (pictured). Photos: Gerard O'Brien
A Mosgiel woman is appealing to the public after losing her son’s ashes while moving house.

Ngairena Hibbs is on a mission to find the small copper and silver urn, which she believed had been wrapped up in a scarf she had given to the Mosgiel Hospice Shop.

An urn containing some of Todd Campbell’s ashes, owned by his sister Mira and identical to the...
An urn containing some of Todd Campbell’s ashes, owned by his sister Mira and identical to the missing one.
Inside the urn were some of the ashes of her son, Todd Campbell, who died as a result of epilepsy at age 22.

‘‘It’s actually breaking my heart,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s like I’ve just lost a wee part of him again.’’

The reality really hit home on Monday, which would have been Mr Campbell’s 31st birthday.

She previously spoke to the Otago Daily Times about her son’s death, in a bid to raise awareness about epilepsy.

She described him as a gentle soul, and a prankster.

‘‘The life of the party, I’m told,’’ she said at the time.

Mr Campbell was diagnosed with the condition at age 11, and his seizures became increasingly worse over time.

He died in his sleep in 2011.

Along with the urn, there were several other mementos of Mr Campbell that had been lost.

They included a small photograph of him, a battery-operated candle with a flame that moved, and a small wooden rectangular box with gold inlay on the lid, which held a small envelope containing more of his ashes.

Mrs Hibbs had seen the scarf hanging up in the shop and was certain that was where the other items had ended up.

But the urn, which had been superglued shut, could not be found in the shop.

She was hoping someone might come across the items and be able to return them.

daisy.hudson@odt.co.nz

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