Monday's service is open to the community. Parking will be a challenge, so please allow a bit of extra time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Chris's honor payable to the "Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust" to benefit his legacy and his children's educations, and mail them to:
c/o Chris Sanderson Memorial Trust
1045 1st Ave, Suite 120
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Stevie and Clementine will be attending the funeral; however, to minimize their discomfort and anxiety, I will recess out of the church at the end of the service without them and they will leave separately with a family member out a different door, meeting me at the reception. As I am sure everyone can understand, the girls are in a fragile place as they struggle to cope with this monumental loss. The service will undoubtedly be overwhelming for them and I would like to establish some protective boundaries.
Right now Stevie and Clementine are particularly sensitive to all of the increased activity and attention, so I am requesting that people do not approach, hug, seek out, or engage them at the church. I understand how much everyone wants to scoop up these two children, make them laugh, and show them just how much they are loved. I feel this energy surrounding them and I know that there is a community of family and friends who have banded together to help me raise these girls from here on out. They will realize this in time, but, on Monday, that love will feel more invasive than anything else. So, if you could please allow them to leave the church without attempting to connect with them in that setting, I would greatly appreciate it.
There will be memorial reception following the service at the Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart on The Great Road in the Manor House, which is a 5-10 minute drive from the chapel. Valet parking will be available and printed directions will be located at the back of the church. The reception is open to the community and intended to be family friendly. It is our hope that there will be some children who attend this gathering.
I do not want to place any restrictions on interaction with the girls at the reception. They will be more comfortable in that setting and, therefore, better able to manage the attention. But please be mindful of what I have already said about how they are handling having all eyes on them right now.
Thank you so much.