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Wee Boy’s memorial was on May 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Afterward people joined us for a potluck-gathering-with-complimentary-soaking back on our block in West Philadelphia.

Javid’s memorial program

Here’s an outline of the program for Javid’s memorial. We thought some of you might be interested to see more information about it. Each hyperlink takes you to a page where a video clip of that part of the service can been seen. On some of the pages you’ll be able to find the text for parts that were spoken. The Photos of Javid hyperlink takes you to a page were there are several options for viewing the slideshow.

Celebrating the life of Javid Fynn Lapp Yoder

Pre-service music Beverly Lapp, Javid’s aunt

Welcome Ana Lisa and Tony

Photos of Javid (slideshow)

Reflection Dave Lapp, Javid’s uncle

Choral group Amy Hochstetler, Javid’s aunt

“My life flows on” and “Ubi caritas et amor”

Open sharing Steve Yoder, Javid’s uncle

Nadia Steinzor, Javid’s aunt, reading from Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Bobbi Porter, friend, reading “The Story of Javid”
Claude Good, Javid’s great uncle, talking about the Worm Project
Sam Lapp, Javid’s grandfather, presenting the Javid Tree
Helen Lapp, Javid’s grandmother, presenting a quilt from Plains Mennonite Church
Charlette Harrison, friend and colleague
Marcy and Tony Witherspoon, friends and colleagues
Steve Yoder, Javid’s uncle
Dr. Kelly Wade, one of Javid’s neonatologists

Choral Group

“O healing river”

Reading Mohan Sikka, friend

“The guest house,” by Jelaluddin Rumi

Candle Lighting Javid’s grandparents


“On children”

Reading Mohan Krishna, friend

“On joy and sorrow,” by Kahlil Gibran



Charitable donations

Several people have inquired about charitable donations that could be made in Javid’s name or spirit. We’ve put together a page with some ideas, for those who may be interested.

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