For those of you who couldn't make it, this post is a recap of what happened at today's memorial service in Medicine Hat.
Thanks to everyone who was able to make it and everyone who thought of us even though they couldn't. We were blown away by how many of you did come, flying or driving in from across the country. Then Medicine Hat police and fire department members showed up with lights on - what a wonderful gesture.
The ceremony was exactly what Dominic deserved. A beautiful stage done by the staff at the Esplanade, more than 300 of our best friends and family in the theatre seats, flowers and music and speeches and thumbs up and dancing and... wow. That just happened.
Here's the program - printed by UPS (thanks Dominique!):
If you don't know the story of Jared's first song, Ronan was written by Taylor Swift after she read a blog written by the mom of a cancer patient who died. Jared changed some of the lyrics to reflect Dominic's age and even his eye colour. It was amazing.
Trevor was always our first choice as master of ceremonies. He was perfect, composed, everything we knew he'd be.
Speeches from Erin, Carie and Don couldn't have gone better. We cried, we laughed, we smiled. Then we cried some more.
Following those and a special candle ceremony was a 12-minute video put together by our wonderful friend Angie and her friend Shelton. Presuming YouTube hasn't flagged it for copyrighted music yet, you can watch it here (tissue advisory):
I knew right away my speech would start with a thumbs-up and end with a dance party. And so it was. Everyone raising the roof by the end was a memory Trish and I will have forever. Edit: Here's the video Greg took - thanks for sharing it Greg!
Afterwards we hugged and hugged and hugged. And cried. Eventually we ate some Kraft Dinner and licorice, thanks to Big Eatz Little Feetz catering. We got a special delivery of Smarties emblazoned with Dominic on some, Strong on others. Thanks Rhonda and Willie, they will go perfect in our otherwise very red basement!
There are so many people to thank, most of them listed on the program, but I want to send a second extra thanks to Lorna Scott who was our point person for the ceremony. She was incredible, such a great guiding force this past week and we know we will lean on her again.
We will lean on all of you again. As I keep saying, Dominic's journey here is over, but ours will continue.