Friends 'Send Off' Classmate in 'Yearbook-Style' Coffin Feb 5, 2016 15:38:20 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Feb 5, 2016 15:38:20 GMT -5
Friends 'Send Off' Classmate in 'Yearbook-Style' Coffin
BURLINGTON, Ontario – Unfortunately, death is a part of life. At some point, we all will have to say goodbye to someone we love. When a Burlington teen lost her battle to cancer, her friends took it upon themselves to alter her beautiful casket, but after taking a closer look, the markings will leave you speechless.
Eighteen-year-old Laura Hillier (above) had been suffering from acute myeloid leukemia for several years. Sadly, the young woman lost her battle with the disease in January before ever having the opportunity to graduate high school and receive her "senior yearbook." However, her classmates weren’t about to let cancer ruin her dreams and decided to do something about it. At Laura’s funeral, all her friends worked together to give her a yearbook-style send-off. Instead of walking up and simply saying their goodbyes, they instead wrote messages on her coffin, identical to those they would have written in her yearbook.
Laura had spent many years waiting to receive a stem cell transplant as a cancer treatment. In July, her prayers came true. She was informed there were multiple donors found, but she would have to be placed on a waiting list because there was a hospital bed shortage in Canada. She spent her time waiting by fighting off her cancer with chemotherapy before finally receiving a hospital bed in August and the long-awaited transplant. Sadly, her cancer was persistent and returned in November, according to News 965. She was set to be admitted to California’s City of Hope Hospital January 18, but due to medical complications, it was postponed and she died a few days later.
The touching yearbook-style tribute to Laura has to be one of the most remarkable memorials ever. There is no doubt she blessed many lives and will be greatly missed.
Source: Alisha Rich, Mad World News, February 5, 2016.