When I am overcome by sorrow and surrounded by an outpouring of emotion, the writer in me takes over and helps process the overwhelming feelings by using words. I cannot express enough gratitude for those words at times when tears and despair are not adequate enough to describe the sadness of attending a funeral for a 30-year-old man who had been experiencing the best year of his life.
In the aftermath of a tragic event, two parents lost a son, a younger brother became an only son and my best friend lost her brother. The news of his passing was felt in our small town like the shock waves recorded during an earthquake. Everyone who knew Cam was rattled to their core. The emotion was raw, the grief was all-encompassing and the anguish could have been described as physical pain.
We gathered in Toronto today to celebrate Cam’s life. We shared tears, we shared many hugs and we all knew we had lost something special in our lives that we can never get back. Cam was that guy that everyone loved to be around. His smile will be forever etched in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to see it and his absence will never go unnoticed.
His funeral service today was a touching blend of spirituality and prayer, accented by a heaping dose of Cam’s sense of humor. As the family left the service, the well-recognized Monty Python song “Always look on the bright side of life” played while we stood, waiting to join the family outside.
“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.” —Phillip Brooks
Cam truly was a man of character. May you rest in peace, Cam.