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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.