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Brave Cancer Mom Attends Her Own Funeral Party With 400 Family And Friends

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After 65-year—old nurse Karil Harrington was diagnosed with an inoperable liver tumor, the brave woman decided to organize her own funeral party. 

Doctors gave her less than six months to live and Karil wanted to celebrate her life with her nearest and dearest friends and family members.  She banned them from crying, and if anyone started feeling down, she would tell them to take those tears somewhere else.

At her wake, Karil took the microphone to address her guests.

“Looking around the room fills me with the most overwhelming feeling of comfort. I am so grateful for this opportunity to thank you all for everything you have done for me. This could well be the last time some of you see me, but know this – life is short, you’ve got to make the most of it. Life is for living, every last minute. I’m not going to sit around moping – life is short and now mine is even shorter. I’m the luckiest woman on earth – to see my kids grow up and have kids of their own is a dream come true.”

One of Karil’s three children, daughter Llynwen said that her mother wanted to have a fun farewell party.

“She liked the idea of a party, with lots of laughter, dancing and memories. But she told us all: “Why should I miss out on the fun? It doesn’t seem fair after I’ve planned most of it! She wanted to see all her loved ones in the same room before she passed away.”

The party was held at the Dowlais Catholic Club in Merthyr Tydfil where Karil’s wedding reception was held 41 years earlier.  Although she and her husband divorced, they stayed good friends and he was invited to the wake.

Llynwen added that the living wake was a touching event where everyone had the chance to say goodbye to her mom.

‘’Mum had the time of her life – she laughed and sang and partied with all her closest pals. She managed to get out of her wheelchair to have a dance and as I scanned the room I saw nothing but happy smiling faces. People had worried whether a dying woman’s party would be all doom and groom but that wasn’t mum at all. There were private goodbyes and tears but they were mostly tears of joy and closure.”

Karil died with her close family around her six months later.

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