Drama in Arvida: touching call to ‘celebrate life beyond drama’


The two children who lost their lives two weeks ago in an explosion caused by their father in Saguenay were taken to their final resting place on Sunday afternoon during a moving ceremony.

“It’s the drama that has always been in the foreground. So today is the time to celebrate the two children, so to celebrate their lives,” said priest Mario Tremblay before the ceremony at the Complexe funéraire Chicoutimi.

The room was decorated with flowers, balloons, toys and colorful clothes, like the lively little boys, Félix Lalancette, 2, and his brother, Édouard, 6 months.


The celebrant Mario Tremblay.

Photo QMI Agency, Roger Gagnon

The celebrant Mario Tremblay.

The celebration was created in close collaboration with the mother, Stéphanie Gagnon. The watchword was to pay tribute to the little victims by keeping “the beauty and the good” of their lives.

Music, playful stories, like that of the Little Prince, and tributes from family members were on the program.


The coffins of the two victims.

Photo QMI Agency, Roger Gagnon

The coffins of the two victims.

This is the song The story of life taken from Lion King who led the march of the family members carrying the small coffins at the start of the emotional celebration.

Bye

« [Félix], there are so many first times that I loved sharing with you, and so many more that I wish I had the chance to experience with you. […] I love you forever, my darling, ”wrote Ms. Gagnon in a text read by the priest.

Many other testimonies, including uncles, aunts and grandparents, were delivered to the young victims.

“Edward, you were such a good baby. […] You had an extraordinary joie de vivre, your smile brightened up our lives […] I love you my angel. Keep laughing with Félix, who will know how to take care of you, ”continued the priest, reading the rest of the mother’s text.


The relatives of Félix and Édouard Lalancette, both of whom died in the explosion in Arvida on January 10, celebrated the funeral on Sunday afternoon at the Complexe funéraire Chicoutimi.

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The relatives of Félix and Édouard Lalancette, both of whom died in the explosion in Arvida on January 10, celebrated the funeral on Sunday afternoon at the Complexe funéraire Chicoutimi.

In the health context, 25 people were able to attend the ceremony on site. A distance formula was also offered.

“It is always extremely difficult [à préparer]. But from the moment we know we have a celebration like that to do, it comes back to us, it lives in us constantly, ”said Mr. Tremblay.

Compassion

Remember that the two children lost their lives in an explosion that occurred in Jonquière on January 10.

Their father allegedly used explosives to blow up his house, taking his sons with him, according to the Sûreté du Québec.


The two victims Félix, 2 years old, and Édouard, 6 months old.

Photo taken from Facebook

The two victims Félix, 2 years old, and Édouard, 6 months old.

Hundreds of messages of love and sympathy for the family have continued to pour in on social media in recent days.

Nearly $75,000 was raised in a GoFundMe fundraiser in order to support the mother and the family in this difficult ordeal.



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