The shattered boyfriend of Annabelle Falkholt, sister of Home and Away star Jessica, has joined hundreds of mourners to farewell her and her parents.
Jordan Brohier led pall bearers as they carried the 21-year-old’s white coffin out of St Mary’s Catholic Church at Concord, in Sydney’s west, after Wednesday’s funeral.
Dressed in a black suit and tie, he buried his face in his hands and was comforted by friends after helping load the casket into a hearse ready to be taken away for burial.
Annabelle died days after the Boxing Day head-on car crash on the NSW South Coast that instantly killed her parents Lars, 69, and Vivian Falkholt, 60.
Her actress sister Jessica, 28, continues to cling to life in Liverpool Hospital while heartbroken friends and relatives filled the church in Sydney’s inner west.
Her uncle tearfully told mourners their family will forever be haunted by Christmas – the last time they were all together.
‘It is a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory,’ Paul Ponticello 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.
He said Mr Falkholt had always been a careful driver and he would often joke about having to add on time to any trip, which he called the ‘Lars factor’.
‘The irony of this tragedy is Lars was such a careful driver,’ Mr Ponticello said.
‘Whenever asking how long it would take to drive somewhere I would suggest an average for a normal driver and then add some additional time for the Lars factor. We always had a good laugh.
‘They are together and always will be… You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace.’
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 that of 21-year-old Annabelle 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.
Mr Brohier made a moving tribute to the ‘love of his life’ after refusing to leave her bedside until she died in hospital days after the crash.
‘Today I lost the love of my life Annabelle. I’ve never met such a kind, gentle soul and this world is at such a loss without this beautiful angel,’ he wrote last month.
‘The 3 years I knew her were the best years of my life. I’m so thankful for every second I got to spend with my baby.
‘I just keep hoping that I’ll wake up from this terrible nightmare and see her gorgeous eyes looking back at me.
‘She was the most amazing girl I’ve ever met, loved by everyone that came in contact with her.
‘Even though I would of loved to have spent the rest of my life with her, I am happy that she is pain free and smiling down on all those who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.
He ended the emotional tribute with an appeal for road safety: ‘Please everyone, be careful when you are on the roads.’
‘You may not think it but a car is a deadly weapon if your mind isn’t 100% concentrating on what you are doing.
‘Be mindful of what you are doing when behind the wheel and constantly be aware of others around you too.’
Her sister 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.