Last month, thousands of people across the globe gathered to commemorate the lives of those lost on the Titanic a century ago. Services, memorial cruises and hundreds of other events were held in memory of the victims and their families.
“This is a day of deep memories for a lot of us, memories of all who perished in a human tragedy beyond all comprehension,” Rev. Fred Snyder said at a multi-faith ceremony at Fairview Lawn Cemetery. “Memories of loved ones who were left behind, left behind to deal with their overwhelming grief and their pain, and to try, if possible, to make some sense of something beyond belief.”
Fairview Lawn Cemetery is located in Halifax, the city that sheltered Titanic victims’ relatives as the bodies were brought ashore and buried. The city has appropriately been labeled the City of Sorrow, and family members frequent its graves to this day.
Josyann Abisaab, inspired by the memories of her relatives, traveled from New York to attend a ceremony and see a grave at Mount Olivet Cemetery this year. She was the first of her family to visit the resting place of Gerios Youssef Abi-Saab, her great grandfather, and was very grateful for the experience.
She explained that Gerios had left his wife and six children in Lebanon, with hopes of providing them with a better life once he found work in America. Though he never lived to see his dream, Josyann believes he would find comfort in his family now.
She wrote a personal blog commemorating Gerios and describing his journey, ending it with the words:
“Rest in peace, Gerios Youssef Abi-Saab, your wings have crossed the Atlantic and your descendants made it to America.”