A day has passed since Ezra died. Thank you so much to everyone who has sent their love to us. I wrote the post yesterday about Ezra’s passing, and we went straight to sleep. By the time I woke up we had 500 emails in our inbox. Thousands of people shared the links on Facebook. More than one person who’d been following our story from various states told me they went to work and someone at work showed THEM the links to the blog. Emails came in from Kenya, Ireland, Dubai… the list goes on. We are humbled.
We will be having Ezra’s celebration of life service this weekend. I would like to invite all of you to come. Whether you have met us personally or not, you knew our son by reading this. Your prayers gave us strength during this past year. Your lives have been touched as well. We welcome anyone who’d like to come and celebrate Ezra with us.
The service will be as follows:
Saturday, November 13th
Grace Family Church
5101 Van Dyke Rd
Lutz, FL 33558
12:30pm-2pm Visitation with Family
2-3pm Celebration of Life Service for Ezra
We will be having a private family-only burial directly after the service, so please make sure to arrive by 12:30 to visit with us. When you drive into the church, head to the large building farthest away from the entrance to the church off Van Dyke. We are asking people NOT to wear black – we want a vibrant, happy celebration of the constant joy Ezra lived with. Wear some boyish colors. 🙂
If you are flying in, you’ll want to come in to Tampa International Airport. It’s about 20 minutes from the church. We do not have any hotel or car arrangements, so please make your own arrangements. EDIT: We do have a hotel which is about 45 minutes from the church and our house in Clearwater which is offering to put up any out of town guests for the weekend. Please email us if you would like to take advantage of that by clicking the “get ahold of us” link on the right of TheMatthewsStory.com.
If you would like to send flowers, please send them to the church on Saturday, and have them delivered by noon on Saturday.
Funeral and cemetery fees are a reality and already well into the thousands of dollars, and if you’d like to give to us for that, feel free at thematthewsstory.com/give. We are also planning on starting a foundation to fight childhood cancer and fund research, and we will continue this blog to let everyone know as we move forward with that.