“It will be quiet in our dream home without you”: family, friends, students and colleagues say goodbye to Nathalie Lacave (44) | Ghent

“It will be quiet in our dream home without you”: family, friends, students and colleagues say goodbye to Nathalie Lacave (44) | Ghent
“It will be quiet in our dream home without you”: family, friends, students and colleagues say goodbye to Nathalie Lacave (44) | Ghent

GhentFamily, colleagues, students, friends and acquaintances gathered on Friday in the Westlede crematorium in Lochristi to bury the teacher Nathalie Lacave (44) who had died in an accident. Around her urn were not only flowers but also balloons. “It’s very hard to accept that Nathalie is gone. She still had so many plans and dreams. She still had so much to enjoy.”

The mother of three was on her way to Sint-Janscollege on Tuesday morning, August 24, to prepare for the new school year. She would cross the Batavia Bridge via the R40 city ring to reach Sint-Amandsberg. However, a tanker that was driving at Dok-Noord in the direction of Dampoort missed its bend and drove at full speed onto Stapelplein. Nathalie was crossing the runway at the time via the crosswalk. She didn’t stand a chance and was grabbed by the tanker.


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We had just had a wonderful summer and suddenly you were rudely pulled away from us on your way to school

Husband Tom

Catchy laugh

Nathalie’s urn was at the front of the room, surrounded by flowers and balloons. The number of attendees during the farewell celebration showed that Nathalie was a welcome figure. The room in the crematorium was packed so that dozens of people had to stand up. The students from the class where she was class teacher last year were also present. The testimonies of family, friends and colleagues showed that she was a cheerful woman with a contagious smile. Her good mood was reflected in her surroundings. Nathalie loved her family and her family, her work as a teacher, festivals and concerts and the race. Last summer she was still in the wake of the Tour de France and she was proud in the photo with Wout Van Aert.

Natalie Lacave. © Sint-Janscollege

“It’s very hard to accept that Nathalie is gone. She still had so many plans and dreams. She still had so much to enjoy. Death, however, has no mercy. We are going to try not only to be sad, but also to think about the beautiful moments with her,” said the funeral director at the start of the service. Several testimonies from family and friends followed.

“It will be quiet in our dream house”

Her husband Tom’s speech was particularly moving. “My dear, since that Black Tuesday, life has been completely different for us. We had just had a wonderful summer and suddenly you were rudely pulled away from us on your way to school. You were at the wrong time, in the wrong place. I have enjoyed your smile, your dance moves, your drive as a teacher for six years. You were sociable, honest, cheerful and friendly. You taught me to face the unknown. It will be quiet in our dream house without you.”

The service ended with a poem by Toon Hermans.

Wherever you are, I wouldn’t

Not measurable in distance or time.

That’s why you’re so close.



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