THE family of Patiya May Schreiber is inviting the community to release balloons in her memory.
Those wanting to say goodbye to the four-year-old may do so at the cemetery following Patiya's funeral on Monday.
Patiya was killed when a tree fell in Rosalind Park on December 30. Her mother, Kristy Thomson, suffered serious spinal injuries in the accident and may never walk again.
Patiya's family, including father Kyle, has invited the people of Bendigo to the cemetery to say goodbye.
Their gesture is a way of saying thank you to the community that has supported them during a time of overwhelming grief and difficulty.
Friend Tracey Elliot said 1000 pink and purple balloons would be released at the Rainbow Garden at the Eaglehawk Lawn Cemetery at the conclusion of the service.
Bendigo Party Hire has provided the balloons and helium, but Ms Elliot said those wishing to release a balloon in Patiya's memory would be asked for a gold coin donation towards the Kristy Thomson Appeal.
"The support for the family has been phenomenal - and this is one way of people being able to celebrate Patiya's life with them,'' she said.
Patiya's funeral will be held at the William Farmer Victoria Street Chapel at 1pm on January 13.
This is one way of people being able to celebrate Patiya's life