It's sad to lose any young woman or man. My mind flashed back quickly to the past sad experiences of other friends who lost their child and to my surprise it was always due to an automobile accident! The first was Alan Tay who was driving just near his home in Old Klang Road. Read about it here. Then just this year, my old mission companion lost his son Alton Yung, just 17 years of age, driving in Florida USA where they live. Read about it here and see the video created in his remembrance.
In Camilia's case, she wasn't even driving and was just an innocent victim by the roadside in a nearby surburb near her home, hit by another young woman driver. No details were yet known about what actually happened except that the driver did take Camilia to the clinic as there were no other witnesses in contact.
To have the Wake at the apartment was challenging at first as the building management were concerned that a Christian type event might not be conducive in an apartment occupied also by Muslims, related Alan the father. However one Muslim resident said, go ahead as it's the Muslim fasting month, a month of patience and tolerance and a group of Muslims actually came to pay their respects at the Wake held at the ground floor of the apartment building. The following photos were taken at apartment building where Camilia lays for visitors from near and far. She will be moved to the Church the next day for a funeral service.
On Sunday 22nd Aug 2010, Camilia's casket was brought to the Church in KL for a special funeral service at 2pm attended by many friends and family members.
We heard from Young Women speakers Eriene Oh, Merille Yong and Janice Bacay who spoke beautifully and set the right spirit for the service that was in Loving Memory of Camilia Maria Cross. (18th February 1992 - 19th August 2010)
The Young Women sang a choir number entitled, "Because I Have Been Given Much"
We later heard from Melody, Camilia's older sister, who shared an Euglogy of her sister. Susie How spoke next, a senior member of the KL branch who knows the Cross family well, and shared the fundamentals of the Gospel of Love & Hope with the large congregation of friends and family members. The Funeral Service closed with the final words from President Scott Sanders.
Soon it was time to head out to the burial site at Sungei Buloh where the grave was dedicated with a prayer by President Graham Doxey. Many came to participate in the throwing of soil to the grave before Camilia would be permanently buried in the ground and the placement of flowers and candles on her grave site. The following photos depict the scene at the burial site :
From The Cross Family with love : Alan, Cora, Melody & Shaan :
Thank youfor all who are here
Thank you for the flowers that you sent
Thank you for those who brought food
Thank you for all the time that was shared
Thank you for the love and support to the Family
Thank you for all the prayers that was said
Thank you for having Camilia as part of your lives