'It will be sad seeing Daniel leaving the church': Denise
BRUCE and Denise Morcombe say it will be hard watching their son Daniel being taken from the church to the cemetery today but they will be fulfilling a vow to see that he is buried with dignity.
The couple have spent a frantic few days trying to pull Daniel's funeral service together after having his remains released by the Coroner only late last week.
For the past two weeks they have also been attending the committal hearing of the man accused of abducting and murdering Daniel.
But yesterday they were confident they had done all they could to ensure a special farewell for their Dan.
"The service will be very beautiful,'' Bruce Morcombe said.
"Denise has spent a lot of time on that with a lot of helpers.''
"I'm sure it will be something respectful to remember Daniel as he should be - a fine young boy.''
"We hope to move forward to finally say goodbye.''
"It will be sad seeing Daniel leaving the church and going to the cemetery but we have always said we wanted him buried with dignity and the church service will be the best way we are able to give him that,'' Denise said.
"I think he will be pretty proud.''
In a wide-ranging interview with Channel 9's A Current Affair, the Morcombes opened up about the impact Daniel's loss had on not only them but his brothers Dean and twin Bradley.
They said while they had always put on a brave public face, privately there had been many 'dark days'.
"The faces you see are not the faces you see at the kitchen at home,'' Bruce said.
"There's certainly dark days and there's certainly tears at home.''
"We very rarely present that to the public.''
Asked if there had been rocky times in their marriage, they said there had been 'plenty of them', just as with other marriages.
"I think we have stuck together because we are both going through the same emotional turmoil,'' Denise said.
"If I have a bad day Bruce will 'kick me in the ribs' and say get up again.
"If he is having a bad day, I'll tell him off.''
The Morcombes said there had also been times when Dean and Bradley had resented the continual focus on Daniel.
But Bruce said his sons had got on with their lives, had jobs, girlfriends and their own independence.
"They are fine young men.''
The Morcombes have been admired by thousands of Australians for never giving up in their search for Daniel - and their quest to ensure his legacy is a safer community through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
They have always maintained they are nothing special.
But Denise admitted: "I don't really know how we have got through it.''
She is not alone in wondering that.
The Morcombes have requested donations be made to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in lieu of flowers today.