Inside the Poulter family home in Buninyong is a photo of Lachie running out onto the football ground with his teammates.
Its significance is not obvious until you learn it was taken on the day of his tragic death.
With a big smile on his face and seemingly without a care in the world, the 25-year-old can be seen simply doing what he loved.
But a short time later, the highly-popular Dunnstown player was dead following an unexpected cardiac arrest on the Learmonth oval.
It's now almost a year on from that devastating day, but it's one those closest to him will never forget.
After wrestling with her emotions for some time, Lachie's sister Olivia says she is now pleased none of the family was at the ground that afternoon to witness what took place at the conclusion of the Central Highlands Football League reserves match.
Olivia and her father Steve were on their way to Wangaratta for a birthday celebration, Lachie's mother Nola was in Mildura for a horse riding competition and his brother Tom was watching an AFL match at the MCG.
"Every weekend as a family, there's no reason that at least one of us wouldn't have been at Lachie's game of football," she said.
"We honestly believe that he put us in places that even when we found out we couldn't get to him quick because he didn't want us to see what was unfolding at the ground.
"He loved us so much more than anything in the world. Now in hindsight, I'm so glad that we did not see what happened to him...
"That's how it was meant to be, that's how he was meant to go."
Nola feared the worst before she returned home to see her son.
"I had two horses and my dog, the LandCruiser and the float full. I just said to the girls 'get me on a plane, get me home' and they did," she said.
"We all arrived within half an hour of each other at the hospital. We were scattered all over the bloody state..."
Steve said it wasn't just the family that had lost Lachie, rather the entire community.
"Nola said at his funeral that it takes a village to raise a kid, well Lachie had his own postcode," he said.
"He was just widespread. He knew people everywhere."
In the days after the tragedy, the family quickly decided to start Lachie's Legacy. This foundation aims to bring rural and remote children access to the game of football through skill development, provision of equipment, payment of registration fees and access to facilities.
A huge raffle will be conducted across the CHFL in round 15, which falls on the day before the one-year anniversary of Lachie's passing.
"He did life so perfectly," Olivia said.
"He just knew how to love and care when it was needed and give when it was needed... he would do anything for anyone no matter who you were."
Nola said the family would have struggled to cope without the support it had been shown throughout the past year.
WATCH: It was a sombre moment when the Dunnstown players first returned to the field after Lachie's loss.
Nola expects the fixture between Dunnstown and Learmonth on July 27 to be a special one.
"For those people that were there, for the trainers, for the kids, for the players, the little kids that loved him so much - this is a healing game," she said.
"That's why it's going to be full of frivolity. The next day is ours, the 28th is ours."
While Lachie's death is still heartbreaking for those that loved him, the family will keep his spirit alive.
"I guess I think I'm going to be like a willow tree. When it's windy I'm going to bend and flex because if you're like an oak tree and just stand against that wind, you'll just get smashed to pieces," Nola said.
"Every day is a different day and it won't get any easier."
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