Monday 14 September 2015

Memorial day

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.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I couldn't make it today but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Dominic was a special boy with an amazing spirit and courage. He accomplished more in his 2 short years them many of us will in a lifetime. ��������

  2. I am so thankful that you shared Dom's service with all of us who were not able to be in Medicine Hat with you today. Dom, you, Trish and your family and friends were in my thoughts all day. When I checked your blog tonight I was hoping for (but not expecting) there to be little snapshots of Dom's service today. To be able to read the heartfelt tributes and watch the wonderful slide show was an absolute gift - I am so thankful that you shared that with us. I've only known Dom through your blog but he captured a part of my heart that will always belong to only him. His smile, the twinkle in his eyes, his thumbs up and his ability to make every day a happy one, regardless of his circumstances has given me more than I can express to you. Sending much love and strength to you and Trish as you continue on this journey. XOXO

  3. Thank you for sharing Dominic and your family's journey with us once again. What a beautiful memorial for Dominic. I can't imagine a more fitting tribute than what you and your loved ones created today. I don't doubt there were many smiles, and many, many tears. It is such a blessing that all of you had a chance to come together the way you did and celebrate Dominic's life. As many others have said, that little boy and his two loving parents fit more into Dominic's short life than most people will in a lifetime. The impact you've had on the people following your journey is indescribable. Dominic will always have a special place in my heart and one that will continue to remind me about love and living life like Dominic did, with great joy and to the fullest. You are a remarkable family.
    Sending love, light, strength and prayers to you and Trish.

  4. Sean & Trish... I wasn't sure if I should come because I don't know you personally... But I wanted to show my support. Meeting Dominic and you both a year ago... You've been in my thoughts and prayers... And continue to be. It was such a beautiful service. Dominic was a beautiful boy, who won't be forgotten.

  5. Dom was the happiest person i will ever meet .He was an old soul ,much older than beyond his years That smile will be missed

  6. What a beautiful tribute to your precious boy. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  7. I came across your blog from a message board (DISboards) where they asking for prayers/kind thoughts when your son was in Disney. I have now read your whole blog from start to finish and am blown away. I wish I had a chance to meet Dominic as he was truly a strong and beautiful child. The love and support others have given also helps me believe in the human spirit still. I truly hope you both continue to receive the support and love deserved. I'm truly sorry for your loss.