Passed peacefully in our home at 10:30 a.m. the 20th day of July at the age of 25. It was a beautiful passing with both her loving parents holding her in their arms. Sarah's courageous, dignified and ever hopeful journey with brain cancer has ended, but her spirit lives on through eternity. Sarah, our life, our love, our inspiration, our hero, our daughter, the light of our life is now gone.
'A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam.
And for a brief moment it's glory and beauty
belong to our world.
But then it flies on again, and though we wish
it could have stayed, we feel so lucky
to have seen it.
Fly, our little purple butterfly, fly. Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over... she became a butterfly.'
We know in our hearts that you are some place safe and peaceful. We find comfort knowing that some day we will all be together again.
She Is Gone
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she'd want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Cherished daughter of Carmela and Larry Grand, grand-daughter of Carmine and Egilda Chiarello, and Donald and the late Jean Grand, niece of Cory Chiarello (Toni), Ralph Chiarello (Cathy) and Carol Cowan (Warren), cousin of CJ, Rachel, Cassandra and Carmine Chiarello and special friend of Aaron King. Sarah will be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends. Family and friends may call at Northwood Funeral Home & Cremation Services (942 Great Northern Road 945-7758) on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00p.m. Memorial service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Bruce McLeish officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the local YMCA, or the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.