Becca Schofield’s final act of kindness shared at funeral

Becca Schofield, the New Brunswick teenager who inspired acts of kindness around the world, performed her “last act of kindness” on Valentine’s Day, the day of love, her uncle said Wednesday during her funeral service.

As cancer ravaged her body, Schofield’s final days were spent mostly sleeping, Denis Savoie said in a eulogy to his niece at a Riverview church.

But on Feb. 14, the 18-year-old woke one last time before succumbing to her inoperable brain tumours three days later at the Moncton Hospital.
“We saw, through Becca, how people can be good”

“We saw, through Becca, how people can be good”

“With all her wisdom and her courage, she found the strength to tell her family it was time for her to go. She was ready,” Savoie told the crowd gathered at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and those following the live video feed of the funeral from the overflow seating at the church hall.

“This is more than just a gift of love. She gave them the permission, the courage, the serenity to let her go. She gave them peace.”

About 250 people from across New Brunswick attended the celebration of Schofield’s life, including dignitaries, such as Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau.

The Riverview teen captured global attention in December 2016 when she launched the #BeccaToldMeTo campaign after her terminal diagnosis, urging people to perform random acts of kindness.

Savoie thanked the public for supporting the family through to the end of Schofield’s “journey” and for helping make her dream come true.

“She wanted to make a difference on this earth before leaving it — and she did,” he said.

“We saw, through Becca, how people can be good. We saw how far kindness can go. We saw how a positive attitude can help you focus on the now to appreciate what you have today.”

Schofield put aside her fear and “focused on living, not dying,” he said.

She “didn’t have time to waste having regrets or to complain.” She “had a vision and was on a mission.”

“Thank you Becca for leaving the world a better, kinder place.”

 

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