Friday, November 21, 2008
Emotional farewell for Kyah
GREER McDONALD - The Dominion Post | Friday, 21 November 2008
FAREWELL: Bringing Kyah Milne's casket into the chapel today are from left, Graeme Han, mother Shanell Christian, father Jason Milne, brother Jordan, 7, and Nicholas Cavaye. At 19 months the toddler was found to have neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the adrenal glands.
Strangers moved by the journey of brave toddler Kyah Milne stood alongside friends and family at the celebration of her short life in the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville this afternoon.
Before the ceremony at Lychgate Funeral Home hundreds of people listened to a recording of Kyah's brother Kaleb reciting passages from books including The Very Hungry Caterpiller and Hairy Maclary.
Kyah's white coffin, covered in stickers, was carried in by family members to the sound of Scottish pipes.
The celebrant, who previously married Kyah's parents Shanell Christian and Jason Milne, read a eulogy detailing the short but memorable life of the almost three-year-old.
When she was just 19 months old she was found to have neuroblastoma, a rare cancer of the adrenal glands.