No Parents Should Have To Bury Their Own Child…
But the students of Nelson High School in Ontario, Canada made the event a little bit easier for the devastated parents of Laura Hillier. Laura was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 13-years-old, and for the next 4 years, she was luckily in remission.
In this time, Laura was able to to have an amazing high school experience, buy in May 2015 her cancer returned, and unfortunately Laura passed away on January 20, 2016. Laura’s parents delivered the sad news not only to Laura’s friends, but also to the thousands of supporters on the “Hope For Laura” Facebook page.
“She fought bravely and all of you would have been so proud of her. Her poise, her courage, her strength and her pure spirit shone through right until the end.”
On January 30, a beautiful ceremony celebrated Laura’s life, and people from her school and community were in attendance. But Laura’s creative friends had one last beautiful trick up their sleeve that transformed her funeral from a somber acknowledgement of her death into a heartfelt celebration of her life.
Keep Reading to see the beautiful sendoff that Laura was given at her funeral on January 30!
Her Friends Could Never Sign Her Yearbook, So They Signed Her Casket
Everybody who knew Laura knew that she loved to sing – “Life is a song, sing it ’til you heart’s content,” her casket read. Funeral attendees grabbed their colored markers and wrote messages all over Laura’s casket, giving her the yearbook ceremony she was never able to have. “Wherever you are, sing,” one message reads. “You were musical, you were artistic, you were understanding, you were my bestest friend,” reads another.
“Brave And Strong, You Will Always Be My Hero”
While there are some people who might think that defacing Laura’s casket like this is disrespectful, but the result of all these messages was a beautiful sendoff from this world into the afterlife, one that was as colorful as the girl who was laid to rest inside.
But Laura’s family and friends had one more beautiful homage to their daughter up their sleeve – Keep Reading to find out how Laura’s parents took her funeral that extra step.