When Sean McCabe from Tonyrefail in Wales received the news that he had an advanced stage of cancer with only two months left to live, he was clearly more than devastated.
On finding out the life-changing news, the father-of-three decided that the best thing he could do is to arrange for his funeral. He booked it at his local church together with the flowers and other “arrangements.”
However, in an extraordinary turn of fate, Sean was told his cancer had gone into remission, so he changed his funeral booking for a wedding reservation at the same church!
Sean hopes to marry his fiance Lisa Williams, having made the shock recovery following some intense chemotherapy for his stage four Hodgkins Lymphoma.
As Sean told reporters, “When the doctors said my chances of survival were slim, all I could think about was Lisa and the kids. I didn’t know how they would cope without me. Planning my funeral seemed like a way of easing the strain for them, as it would be one less ordeal for them to deal with.”
So, Sean went ahead and booked the St David’s Church for his funeral in late January 2014.
His instructions for the funeral were clear – to play his favorite song “Who You Are” by Jessie J and for mourners not to wear black.
He said about his remarkable recovery, “A year ago I was planning my funeral at that church, and now I’m planning our wedding there. When Lisa walks down the aisle with our children as page boy and flower girls I’ll be fighting back tears, because we could have been in that church under very different circumstances.”
The bride-to-be also spoke about the forthcoming big day with some excitement, saying, “It’s been a real rollercoaster ride, but I’m thrilled to finally being married to the man of my dreams. He may have planned his own funeral, but I will definitely not let him plan the wedding all on his own.”
In a touching moment, Sean revealed the letter he wrote to his three children when he thought he was dying.
“To Kian, Summer, Asia, the most amazing children. You have given me the best years of my life. Now I want you to know Daddy loves you and you will always be in my thoughts. I don’t want to leave you or mammy, but I haven’t got an option. Daddy has to you to heaven and you might not see me, but I will be watching over you always. I want you to be happy because that makes me happy. Now turn that frown upside down and be big and brave for Daddy, ok. Xxxxxxxxxx””
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