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Uncle of Home and Away Star Tells Mourners of His Heartbreak as Her Parents and Younger Sister Are Laid to Rest

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Uncle of Home and Away Star Tells Mourners of His Heartbreak as Her Parents and Younger Sister Are Laid to Rest

The heartbroken uncle of Home and Away star Jessica Falkholt has tearfully told mourners their family will forever be haunted by Christmas – the last time they were all together.

Lars, 69, and Vivian Falkholt, 60, were killed instantly in the head-on accident on the NSW South Coast, and their daughter Annabelle, 21, died in hospital days after the Boxing Day crash.

Their actress daughter Jessica, 28, continues to cling to life in Liverpool Hospital while heartbroken relatives filled St Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday.

Lars, 69, and Vivian Falkholt, 60, (L) were killed instantly in the head-on accident on the NSW South Coast, while their daughter Annabelle, 21, (2nd from right) died in hospital days later

Jessica and Anabelle’s uncle Paul Ponticello told a packed funeral service at the church in Sydney’s inner-west that Christmas would forever haunt their family.

‘It is a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory,’ he said.

‘Their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense.’

Mr Ponticello also thanked the ‘saviours’ who risked their lives to pull Annabelle and Jessica from the inferno.

Their actress daughter Jessica, 28, continues to cling to life in Liverpool Hospital with no idea her family member are dead
Jessica (pictured) remains in a critical condition in St George Hospital more than two weeks after the crash, a hospital spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday 
The orders of service featured the tragic last family photo of them together

Three hearses, one white and two black, parked outside the church before mourners lifted them out and wheeled them inside.

Two of the coffins were a stained brown wood topped with white lilies, while the other was all white with colourful casket spray.

Family members of Lars and Vivian flew from Sweden and Italy for the service, which is expected to also be attended by Jessica’s former cast mates.

Lars’ family will also hold a service in Sweden later today.

Mourners were seen outside the church lining up for orders of service, featuring the tragic last family photo of them together, set up on a table outside.

Numerous photos were included in funeral materials handed out to mourners
Photos detailed the couple's two daughters growing up including a picture of the family dog
Others included the Falkholt's wedding photos and portraits from when they were young
One of the Falkholt daughters is seen smiling with curly blonde hair in a school photos, alongside many others from their childhood

Many friends and family dressed in all black, including young children, embraced as they prepared to go inside for the service.

Jessica remains in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at St George Hospital a hospital spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The heartbroken family of the actress has kept a bedside vigil since the accident and have been told by surgeons her recovery was now ‘a waiting game’.

‘We’re not going to know much about Jessica’s real condition for a while,’ a relative said.

Three hearses arrived at the church on Wednesday morning carrying the family's coffins

‘The neurosurgeon came in and he just said the operation went well and it’s just a waiting game.

‘She could be in a coma for weeks or even months, she still has all the swelling on her brain.

‘They haven’t even been able to test her brain yet. They’ll probably have to wait a week or two now and see how she responds to the surgery.’

Damage to the left side of the brain can potentially impact personality and memory.

Her relatives admitted they were grappling with how to explain she was the sole survivor of the horror smash.

A priest seen outside the church as mourners stream inside before the funeral

Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, a serial driving offender who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle, was also killed in the crash.

Mr Whitall, a P-plater, was reportedly driving home from a methadone clinic when the collision occurred.

The coronial investigation into the crash will focus on whether Mr Whitall was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

Mourners embrace outside the church before going inside to start the funeral on Wednesday morning
Doctors reportedly told the family it could be weeks or even months before doctors - who removed part of Jessica's skull and kidney - knew how severe the damage to her brain was (crash scene pictured) 

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