Rene Angelil to Be Laid to Rest Friday, Celine Dion Returns to Work Saturday

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Rene Angelil will be laid to rest following a funeral on Friday. On Saturday his wife Celine Dion will return to work. She is scheduled to perform as part of her Caesar's Palace residency in Las Vegas, and she plans to take the stage as scheduled.

"That's what René would want. He wants her to perform and come back," a source close to Celine Dion tells People magazine. "He knew her better than anybody and he probably knows that's what she needs too, to perform."

Rene Angelil died last Thursday at 73. Just days later, Celine Dion also lost her brother, Daniel Dion, to cancer.

The source adds that Rene Angelil had a feeding tube for most of the last year, adding that he had "good and bad days."

"Some days he could get up and walk around the room, play with the kids. Some days he was too tired," the source continued.

Celine Dion is said to be "extremely heartbroken," according to that same source.

The funeral for Rene Angelil will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where he and Celine Dion married 21 years ago.

Rene Angelil had one wish in his final weeks. He wanted to die in Celine Dion's arms. While no one has indicated whether or not he received his dying wish, Dion and their children were at home with Rene Angelil when he passed away.

It will no doubt be incredibly difficult for Celine Dion to return to the stage on Saturday night. Knowing it's what her husband would want might help ease her pain, however--even if only for a bit.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.