Celine Dion mourns her husband at funeral attended by hundreds.


Today, Celine Dion remembers and farewells her husband, Rene Angelil, at his funeral service which is taking place at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

It was there that the couple wed 21 years ago.

His funeral, by his own request, is being live streamed Canadian television and on Global News here.

Angelil planned his own funeral, ensuring that the public would have access. He also requested a number of Dion’s songs to be played throughout the service.

Dion rests her head on husband’s coffin during the funeral service. Image via CTV.

Yesterday, Dion greeted hundreds of mourners at an open-casket visitation which was also streamed online. Visibly distressed, she mourned alongside family, friends and fans.

Today, the couple’s son Rene-Charles, not yet 15, presented a moving eulogy in honour of his father. He reflected “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 … smoked meat … and a lot of other wonderful food, bonding more and more as time went by.

Celine Dion with her three sons and mother entering the funeral. Image via CTV.

“You left me now with enough good memories of you to share with my younger brothers.”

He then made a touching promise to his late dad, continuing; “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 is going to be fine. Dad, I promise you here that we are all going to live up to your standards.”

Rene-Charles’ younger brothers, Eddy and Nelson, are only five years old.

Hundreds are in attendance at the national funeral, including the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, and federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Jol. The church is at capacity, with people flooding out into surrounding areas.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dion and her sons.

Watch: Rene Charles’ moving eulogy.