Céline Dion’s husband René Angélil was sent off Friday in a moving funeral he himself had planned, live-streamed and broadcast to the world from a packed basilica in Montreal where the couple had married 21 years earlier.
It was a long, loving goodbye in Notre-Dame Basilica, filled with the smells, bells and sounds of an expressive French-Canadian Catholic funeral: An archbishop in gilt-edged vestments to officiate. Chiming tower bells, organ music and a chanting choir. Prayers and recitations in French and English by his nearest and dearest, including his young son.
Then, the recorded voices of Dion and Frank Sinatra intertwined in All the Way, reaching to the blue-and-gold-starred cathedral ceiling far above the sanctuary.
Dion’s powerful pipes, seemingly made for the felicitous acoustics of an old cathedral, floated above an audience that featured the great and good of Canada, from the prime minister to ordinary people, and especially from her home province of Quebec… see more