A crowd of white balloons floated into clear blue sky from the American Fork Cemetery as family, friends and well-wishers said farewell to 18-month-old Colum Jacob Pack during a graveside service on Tuesday.
Family members had risen early that morning to fill the balloons and place notes regarding their lost relative inside each one. After a prayer dedicating the grave, the crowd released them into the sky to end the service.
"It was really good closure for us ... symbolic of him going to heaven," Jerry Jacob, Colum Pack's grandfather, said.
As Jacob's wife, Kaye Jacob, spoke at the gravesite she held two cell phones linking the service to their daughter Kelly Pack and son-in-law Ryan Pack. Both are at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, still recovering from injuries suffered in the Christmas Eve car accident that killed Colum and injured his 3-year-old brother Finn, who has been released from the hospital. Colum Pack died on Christmas Day.
A memorial service was held at the hospital on Monday.
"The nurses were absolute angels for us. They can't be thanked enough," Jerry Jacob said.