21 families were present, accompanied by grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends. In all, more than 100 persons attended this ceremony to honor the lives of the children.
This event took place at La Maison des Marins in the Montreal 360 Hall in the heart of Old Montréal. This magnificent glass hall allowed everyone to have a moment of reverence amidst skylight and Seaway. As many multicolored flowers as children that left their imprints at The Lighthouse and in our hearts. This simple decor, created by the animators of the Lighthouse, brought sunshine and sweetness to the ceremony.
A ceremony presided by Alain Legault, Spiritual Intervener – kind words from Michèle Viau-Chagnon and Lyse Lussier – penetrating and airy music played by Catherine Perron, our music therapist, and cello player and Kelly-Anne Vander Meer our accordionist, as well as Maryse Legagneur, Harpist who accompanied everyone with her music in the elevator.
The children’s names were read one by one by a member of each Lighthouse team. Also on site, families and friends could ponder after reading The Children’s Last Life Story Book – a few words that reveals the Children’s last moment of grace.
After the ceremony readings entwined with music, everyone was conveyed to go on to the beautiful terrace in order to release 96 “Belle Dame” butterflies in memory of the children. A hopeful and magical moment that brought everyone together to celebrate life.
A memorial service was held to honor grieving families. During the ceremony, four texts were read to reflect the different stages of mourning. The first ones might have been more painful to hear because they spoke of separation and solitude, the first stage of mourning. Together, we paid tribute to the families coping with grief and loss.
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