Family Arranges Star Wars Funeral For Departed Son

Family Arranges Star Wars Funeral For Departed Son

The family of four year old Jack Robinson arranged for a stormtrooper escort and other Star Wars touches to "send off" their son.

When it comes to horrible experiences, you'd be hard pressed to find much worse than the loss of a child. Sadly, that was exactly the experience that four-year old Jack Robinson's family recently found themselves going through. Jack, afflicted with an inoperable brain tumor, sadly passed away last week, leaving his family understandably devastated. Even as they grieved however, his parents worked to give their son a special send off with a Star Wars-themed funeral.

Hoping to pay tribute to Jack, an avid Star Wars fan, his parents arranged for him to be buried in a Star Wars coffin decorated with lightsaber shaped wreaths. His coffin was also carried on a horse drawn carriage adorned with a floral arrangement that read "Jedi."
The carriage, in turn, was led to his family's church by an escort of stormtroopers. Inside the church itselfa brass band played the Luke Skywalker theme and the order of the service "Master Jack Robinson, joined the Force 1st April, 2014."

"Jack was a special boy, he was unique and brought everyone together," said Terence Robinson, Jack's father. "We needed to give him a unique send off."

The attempts to make Jack's departure unique was mirrored by efforts to ensure his final days were special. In addition to an early birthday party and an exclusive ride in a fire engine, Jack was also visited in the hospital by singer-songrwiter Gary Barlow who wrote his favorite song. He was also gifted with a personal video message from Doctor Who star Matt Smith (Robinson also loved Doctor Who) who sang him the show's theme song. According to Jack's mother Marie, the outpouring of support is an indicator of just how extraordinary Jack was. "He was only a little boy but he brought people together, from all over the world."

Source: Daily Mail

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StewShearer:
the experience that four-year old Jack Robinson's family recent found themselves going through...

*Cough* mistake *cough*

But anyway, that's really touching. I can't imagine Jack being any happier than with a funeral send-off like that.

I am not a man often given to sentiment, but that's really lovely. The amount of support shown for this kid was brilliant.

This is not the coffin you're looking for

That little joke aside a truly great effort to try and deal with the situation and my heart goes out to all involved. In such a dark time we must turn to that which brings us joy and hope which for this little kid was Starwars. I can only hope this brings him and his family some peace.

Also I still await the day a Warhammer 40K fan has a dreadnought shaped coffin.

Grouchy Imp:
I am not a man often given to sentiment, but that's really lovely. The amount of support shown for this kid was brilliant.

agreed.

This is incredible. This is probably the one thing that tugs at my heartstrings the most, is when kids die, it's so sad, but I'm very pleased to see his last days were epic for him.

Sigh, this is both incredibly sad and charming at the same time. Rest in peace kid.

I want to make jokes about the nature of a Star Wars funeral, but this is too sweet. Gah. Human...Emotions....Taking over...

To anyone that is more medically inclined, why was with the IV going into the cheek? Chemo?

"If you strike me down, I'll become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

http://youtu.be/yVTN8BGe4-s

Skywalker Theme, for those who want to absolutely drown in their feels. Oddly fitting for a funeral.

It's sad whenever a parent has to bury a child, especially one so young. Here't to hoping their memories of happy times will provide some small comfort.

Wow, this is just so sweet yet so sad at the same time.

Aw, man. That's really sad and beautiful. And geeky. But mostly sweet.

Also, isn't the guy on the right in the second picture a little short for a stormtrooper? Hm! I wonder who that was.

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kiri2tsubasa:
To anyone that is more medically inclined, why was with the IV going into the cheek? Chemo?

Not an IV, but a nasogastric tube. It was just taped to the cheek so it wouldn't dangle in front of his mouth all the time or slip out.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasogastric_intubation

Oh man. This is kind of overwhelmingly sad. I can't even imagine what his parents must be going through. My sincere condolences to his family.

Sniff *wipes eyes* "Damn onions in my eyes again....."

Man, can I just say that those parents are awesome?

R.I.P kid.

I'm so sad for the child, but I'm so happy that he got the ceremony he wanted.

Now wait a second guys, the idea here is that they're honoring their son, but the only time Storm Troopers would have escorted a Jedi is during the Clone Wars, right?

Oh man! Why couldn't I die as a kid and get such an awesome sendoff?

...wait, what?

OT: All joking aside, this is one of those things where you just have to go "Aaaawww". So sad yet so sweet at the same time.

Ack that dust cloud from earlier is back again *sniff*

It's incredibly sad but it warms my heart that Jack got such a send-off. May the force always be with you.

That is a nice sendoff, dam shame that the little one is gone, but they should have gone the whole hog and given him a jedi style funeral pyre :)

I thought Jedis are burned, no buried?

So they make something their son would love it...after he can't see it anymore, makes sense...
Oh well, if it makes the parents less depressed it's still worth it.

UltraHammer:
Now wait a second guys, the idea here is that they're honoring their son, but the only time Storm Troopers would have escorted a Jedi is during the Clone Wars, right?

Those were Clone Troopers, bro. Storm Troopers wouldn't be caught dead escorting a Jedi.

OT: Rest in peace, young Master.

I could make a reference gag (something to do with the Force) but I can't, it is too tragic.

kajinking:

Also I still await the day a Warhammer 40K fan has a dreadnought shaped coffin.

Yes, I want my half-decayed corpse to be torn out of a metal box with a cockney covered in green paint and armed with a large cleaver. Only in Death does Duty End.

Full Metal Bolshevik:
So they make something their son would love it...after he can't see it anymore, makes sense...
Oh well, if it makes the parents less depressed it's still worth it.

To be fair, a funeral is about paying respects to the deceased, so in his eyes, it would've been and is quite appropriate. The parents might also believe in something after death like heaven, so you know... besides, plenty of people have had weirder last wishes about their funerals than giving a 4 year old a Star Wars themed funeral.

... I really tried. I tried not to cry but I failed. Sweet jesus man, so sad but utterly touching.

Great parents right there. With their son to the end, thus giving him a grand funeral with his favorite thing to go along with it- Star Wars. Dedicated parents indeed... I will be praying for him and also wishing the best comes for his parents.

.. I'm probably going to be thinking about this all day.

It's terrible to see a coffin that small or to see parents outlive their child, but to see them banding together to make that kid as happy as they could...that's something pretty heartwarming right there. Actually brings to mind the old Star Wars crew. Rest in peace, little Jedi, and remember...

This is both very sad, and very awesome.

To be honest I can only think a Warhammer 40k funeral could top this is awesomeness.

What a way for the kid to spend his last week alive.

Scarim Coral:
I could make a reference gag (something to do with the Force) but I can't, it is too tragic.

I can

I wonder if they could still afford to have a force ghost hologram of the kid holding his belt next to yoda or something.

Actually thats not a joke but it would have been a nice touch. Also how can you write Jedi on a coffin? aren't they supposed to be burned so they can go back to the force?

Man what a story...

On one hand *sigh* no parent should ever have to bury their child... especially at that young of an age....

Glad to see that his parents honor him with such a touching funeral...

R.I.P. Jack and to the parents, my sincere condolences

*sniff* Oh crap is someone chopping up onions near me... ah screw it *sniff*

This kinda reminds me of the Ribbitribbit saga in Everquest 2, the kid of similar age, had a similar terminal desease and he absolutely loved EQ2, he had a froglok avatar and his parents asked the community to help them make something truly special for him and boy they did, they built him an entire theme park* just for him and he absolutely loved it, he passed away a few weeks later, but he's still remembered, as he has his very own day in the game, to celebrate the awesomeness of the community and of course, the kid himself.

*Inside the game itself of course.

EDIT: I already cried a few years ago for that kid and thinking about it again and this story too... just brings me tears again, just the thought of burying my own child if I ever have one someday, just... *sniff* Excuse me...

 

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