Wednesday, September 06, 2006

In celebration of Grace's life...

Grace's body died at 10:20am this morning. Her life will be celebrated at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Road West, in Mississauga on Friday September 8th at 10:30am. The service will be followed by a reception at The Glenerin Inn, located at 1695 The Collegeway, also in Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grace Compagnon Stanley Tribute Fund by contacting The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto or by envelopes that will be available at her reception. This fund has been set up to financially sponsor pediatric brain tumour research at the HSC.

19 Comments:

Blogger Parker said...

Lesley and Ian,

Our hearts go out to you during this extremely difficult time. Words cannot begin to express how sorry we are and the sadness that we feel for you and your family. May you find peace in the memories that you have and in knowing that Grace's suffering is over.

God Bless,

Tracy and Kevin

4:07 p.m.  
Blogger Cathy Marostica said...

Lesley, Ian, Nana, Poppa and June,
I am so sorry. I didn't think this day would really come... My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry that I won't be able to attend Grace's celebration...I wish that I could be there to celebrate her life. I know her passing was peaceful and filled with love from her family and her extended family of friends. My thoughts are with you Lesley and Ian and of course, with Grace. Blessings and love, Cathy Marostica

4:38 p.m.  
Blogger Paula Mazerolle said...

Lesley and Ian,

My heart is filled with sadness for the two of you. I hope all the happy memories of sweet Grace come to you and put a smile on your face and a little sunshine in your heart.

My prayers stay with you at this time,

Paula

4:48 p.m.  
Blogger Andrea said...

Fly little angel, fly to a better place.
We will all shed tears for you, knowing that you are looking back at us, no longer feeling pain and discomfort.
You will be missed.
Les & Ian, my heart is with you.
Andrea

8:18 p.m.  
Blogger Bowens said...

Lesley and Ian,

Words cannot express the sadness that I feel in my heart for you and Ian. Grace is now at peace and free to soar with the angels. "Be a life long or short, it's completeness depends on what it was lived for." Graces life is a celebration of love, courage, strength and inspriation. She has touched so many lives during her short time here and therefore, she will be forever in our hearts. God Bless,
Angela

9:55 p.m.  
Blogger Aeysha Simons said...

Ian and Lesley,

My heart goes out to both of you for your loss and I pray for the strength you need to get through this difficult time.
As Grace now watches over you from a place free of suffering and pain, she will remember the exceptional and everlasting love you both blessed her with.
Your family's strength have made many of us (strangers included) strong and reminded us of what really matters in living....to this I thank you.
I hope you can find comfort in the memories you have of your beautiful daughter and pray that this comfort will get you through each passing day.

Love
The Simons

10:27 p.m.  
Blogger DaveandAlice said...

Dear Ian and Leslie & family,

Grace was our "superbaby" in playgroup. She will be sadly missed by all her friends. I have such a beautiful memory of her the last play group she attended. Smiling and full of life eating icecream, not a care in the world except to have her turn on the slide. I bet she's smiling down on you from heaven eating an icecream cone that never ends and having endless turns on the slide.

God bless her little soul.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

with love,
Alice & Dave
Gabriela and Isabella Richards

10:29 p.m.  
Blogger The Scott Family said...

Dear Ian & Les,

Words can't express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We loved Grace and are blessed to have known her. We cherish the times we've shared together and feel that what you said about her teaching you how to live has inspired us too.

God bless,
Sue & Adrian

10:34 p.m.  
Blogger jenn said...

Lesley, Ian and family,
We will continue to pray for you and of course Grace. Her suffering has now ended and her life has begun. You now have a special angel watching over you. Reading your blog daily, it is clear that you and Ian have been wonderful parents and have given Grace a fulfilled life no matter how short it was. You are an inspiration to us all.
We will forever remember Grace.
Jenn and Jermaine

11:15 p.m.  
Blogger David and Karen Rines said...

Lesley and Ian

Words cannot begin to express how sorry we are and the sadness that we feel for you and your family. We'll always remember Grace as a delightful young girl with amazing courage, strength and a genuine spirit. We meet many people through our journey on earth and David and I are so very happy to have been part of Graces journey. Your love and support for Grace has been an inspiration to all that know you. Take comfort is knowing that Grace is watching down from heaven and is the cutest little angel up there.

Love Karen and David Rines

11:30 p.m.  
Blogger Tammy said...

Lesley & Ian,

There aren't enough words to express my sadness for your loss.

Grace, in such a short time, has touched so many hearts and souls.

Love,
Tammy

12:35 a.m.  
Blogger boucherk said...

My heart breaks for you Ian and Lesley. Beautiful Grace challenges all of us to live a more real life. Her suffering is over and we all find comfort in that. I believe that she was too perfect for this world and that her life will provide inspiration to many. Please celebrate her beautiful life and share her story with all. She is an inspiration. Please find peace in knowing that her pain and suffering is over. She is in heaven with all the other angles.

karen kilfeather boucher.

1:03 a.m.  
Blogger Amy Archer said...

My heart is heavy and tears fill my eyes as I try and get through this night shift on 8A, after hearing of little Grace's journey ending. As I walk into my patient's room, which happens to be room 29, I can't help but to remember the beautiful angel and the spirit that fills that room! The many talks You (Les) and I had on that little couch by the window, and the pure inspiration you and Ian were to me!
I can't express how sorry I am that this day is a reality in your lives. Though I am overjoyed and inspired of how you two walked through this tragedy making such incredible memories and keeping Grace's quality of life the priority!
Lesley, thank-you so much for putting yourself out there through these blogs..being real and vulnerable and letting us into your feelings, thoughts and sharing your last days with Grace through these stories, which we will all greatly treasure and learn from! For being such a wonderful mother knowing your limitations so you could be the best possible Mom to Grace.
Thank-you Ian for being such a great example of a loving husband and father..your girls were first and everyone knew that! You two make a terrific team, which is truly admirable and benefitted Grace emensley!!
Your love created a beautiful little girl, with a gentle, stubborn spirit ;0) who will remain in my heart and bring a smile to my face!

I will continue to pray for your peace and for your love to grow even stronger through these difficult days, months...ahead.

Your journey has impacted my life more than words can express and I feel so blessed to have known you!

All my love,
Amy Archer

3:41 a.m.  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

Lesley & Ian

In this difficult time please know that my love and prayers are with you.

With all the love and strength you need during this time, I will be thinking of you.

Love Jackie

9:57 a.m.  
Blogger Erika said...

Ian, Lesley and Aunt June

We have been following your blog and praying for your and Grace's peace and comfort. We cannot begin to express the sadness we feel for you..as fellow parents, our hearts go out to you. Your strength has been inspiring, and your journey has allowed us to put our own day to day problems in perspective. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of your beautiful daughter.

God Bless,
Mike & Erika Williams and family

11:23 a.m.  
Blogger Michelle said...

Lesley and Ian,

I heard about Grace through a mutual friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you. You now have an beautiful tiny angel watching over you and I hope that all the love, strength and courage you have both given to Grace you will give each other in this very difficult time. Your strength and love have been an inspiration to even those who have never met you. You gave Grace a beautiful existance and that was so evident in your thoughts on your site. God Bless you both,

Michelle

2:29 p.m.  
Blogger sharon said...

Lesley, Ian and family,
Please now that around the globe friends and strangers are shedign tears with you in the loss of Grace. You have blessed each reader with your journey. Yourself and Ian (as parents) will have many reflect on their own lives and children. Grace will forever be in the hearts and thoughts of people who pray for her soul and your strength to come to terms with your loss.
When I lost both my parents, I had to explain to my children that they were not with us anymore. I told them that their Granny and Granda were angels, but to see them, they became stars int he night sky. Look towarrds the Heavens, and you will see Grace twinkling a 'Mama' and 'Papa' to you. and you will hear her voice . You will never lose your memories, and the laughter and sounds of Graces voice will always be with you.
I pray for you all though this time. No words can make it easier, but learning to cope will.
My family and I will never forget what you have done in the care of your Blessing in Grace, and the strength you each had to draw on.
May you have peace in your hearts now.
From Ireland

7:17 p.m.  
Blogger christie said...

lesley and Ian
as you have heard from so many, this amazing, courageous littel angel has touched so many lives of people you don't even know. You don't know me or my family but I thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences, I admire your honesty and candidness and the strenght of your marriage. I have gained such clarity of what really matters by reading your entries. I'm so sorry for you and Ian and your loving, supportive parents and friends all over the world experincing this pain with you. I know I hug my two year old a little tighter and brush off the tantrums at target a little easier from the clarity you've brought to my life! and yes my 4 bedrooms are plenty!! you're right!!

1:45 p.m.  
Blogger christie said...

PS. I really hope this site stays up and you continue to write and share your experinces with all of us.
Grace is such a beautiful little angel. You and Ian are such amazing, strong and loving parents, you set the example for all of us! I hope you have the courage to have many more beautiful babies!!

2:19 p.m.  

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