My Heart Will Go On


On January 14, 2016, Rene Angelil, husband of Celine Dion, lost his battle with throat cancer.

I will perform My Heart Will Go On for the rest of my life and it will always remain a very emotional experience for me.” Celine Dion 

 Angelil was 73. Did you know? Before he was married to Celine Dion in 1994, he mortgaged his home to help her gain stardom? Celine, a Canadian was the youngest of 14 in her French-speaking home. Once Angelil learned about her amazing voice, when she was only age 12, the rest was as they say, is history. Later, after working together for many years, they fell in love, married and have three boys together, Rene-Charles, age 14 and twins, Nelson and Eddy, age five. The memorial service was held at the  Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. Communion was served to the grieving family and the congregation.

Parting with someone who has brought such light and happiness into a life has to be one of the most difficult things about living. And yet, we all know that death IS part of life, and after parting, our hearts must, with bravery, go on. It seems I know many who are going through this very same experience themselves today. And Celine’s family had even more sorrow when two days following her husband’s service, her 59-year-old brother, Daniel lost his fight with cancer, too.

This page was published in the 2/8/16 issue of PEOPLE magazine.

Click here to read an earlier post about how we can best help those who are going through this season of loss.

Fifteen years are not a long time for a son to get to know his father…but you’ve left me now with enough good memories of you to share with my younger brothers. As I grow older, without you being around, I’ll make sure to pass on what I’ve learned from you.” Rene-Charles Angelil, age 14 during his father’s eulogy on January 22, 2016

Fame cannot protect them from the season of grief they find themselves in. They have to walk through it, like all others who have suffered this great loss. Friends, family and faith can certainly help to ease the grief journey. I am sure Celine Dion and her boys will be greatly loved and supported as their hearts go on.