Monday, October 1, 2012

A Sea of Color to Bid Farewell

Julianne and I are extremely grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout that we had for Isabella’s wake and funeral.  We had visitors from all over the country come by to say their final goodbyes to our sunshine girl.  We were standing and greeting visitors at the wake from start to finish (over four hours!), and although our feet and backs ached afterwards, it was well worth speaking with everyone.

We are also glad that we asked everyone to dress in bright colors because it was really neat to see the sea of color at both the wake and the funeral mass.  I’m sure Isabella was looking down and appreciated the colors that we all wore – so much so that Isabella treated us to a double rainbow yesterday!

double_rainbowIsabella treats us to a double rainbow at the Marvin family picnic on 9/30/12

For those of you that missed the services, here are a couple pictures and a video of the lantern launch that we did at the cemetery to honor Isabella.

P1080736We handed out these butterflies to all the visitors
P1080747Isabella was surrounded by lots of pretty colors and flowers
P1080749Nathaniel sits and watches Isabella’s video.  We also had a bunch of posters with pictures of Isabella throughout her life.
P1080754We displayed these two pictures of Isabella.  One was when she was bald and going through treatments and the other while she was in remission.
P1080755Isabella’s art work greets the kids at the children’s sign in table.
P1080800Our family poses for one last time with Isabella.
P1080806Isabella being brought into the church before the funeral.
P1080823Annalise says farewell to Isabella, Hunger Games style!
P1080816Friends and family lay their flowers on Isabella’s casket.
P1080848We spruced up Isabella’s temporary marker with some extra flowers.

Special thanks to the Catino family for getting us the lanterns on such short notice!

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