Touched. That's how Celine Dion and her family felt from all the prayers and well wishes from her fans following her husband's passing.
The still-healing singer, along with her and Rene's Angelil's children, penned an open letter released Jan. 29 about their gratitude.
"My family and I are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from so many people who have touched our lives during these past few days," the letter that was posted to her website said. "We have felt your love for René, and your prayers and compassion have helped us during this most difficult time... more than you'll ever know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"I would also like to sincerely thank the Quebec Government for honoring René with National Funerals as well as the many individuals and organizations who came together to hold such a beautiful tribute in his name. We will never forget all of the kindness that you have bestowed upon us," the letter said.
It was signed, "On behalf of our family, with all of our love."
On Feb. 3, a "Celebration of Life" is set to to honor Rene at the couple's home-away-from-home, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. It's not known if any family members will be on hand, as they are understandably still distraught by the passing of Rene and Celine's brother Daniel, who passed two days later.
At the Rene's funeral, the couple's eldest son Rene Charles managed to keep it together in giving a heart-wrenching eulogy.
"Thank you all for being here. Thank you also to those across the world who are watching that are sharing in our grief. I was lucky enough to be born into a family where there is a lot of love," he began in French before continuing in English. "Fifteen years is not a long time for a son to get to know his father. You had a busy life, but we were communicating through golf, hockey, poker and smoked meat ... and a lot of other wonderful food, bonding more and more as time went by."
He left many people in tears when ending his speech.
"You left me now with enough good memories of you to share with my younger brothers," he said of 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. "As they grow older, without you being around, I'll make sure to pass on what I've learned from you. You are a tough act to follow, but with your help, everything's gonna be fine. Dad, I promise you here that we're all going to live up to your standards."
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