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Boyfriend Breaks Down at Funeral as Home and Away Star Clings to Life

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Boyfriend Breaks Down at Funeral as Home and Away Star Clings to Life

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.

Jordan Brohier (pictured), the shattered boyfriend of Annabelle Falkholt whose sister is Home and Away star Jessica, has joined hundreds of mourners to farewell her and her parents
Dressed in a black suit and tie, he buried his face in his hands and was comforted by friends (pictured) after helping to load the casket into a hearse ready to be taken away for burial
Mr Brohier took to Facebook days after her death to post about 'the love of his life' Annabelle (The pair are pictured together)
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

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.’

Lars, 69, and Vivian Falkholt, 60, and their daughter Annabelle, 21, were farewelled on Wednesday at a funeral in Sydney
Mr Brohier buried his face in his hand as he was overwhelmed with emotion after helping load Annabelle's coffin into the hearse
Their actress daughter Jessica, 28, continues to cling to life in Liverpool Hospital with no idea her family member are dead
The orders of service featured the tragic last family photo of them together
Friends and family stand with wreaths and photos of the deceased trio as the coffins left St Mary's Catholic Church in Sydney's inner west after the service
The heartbroken uncle of Home and Away star Jessica Falkholt tearfully told mourners their family will forever be haunted by Christmas - the last time they were all together
Mourners bless the coffins with holy water under the supervision of Father Paul Crowley, who earlier left the service
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects as the coffins were loaded back into three hearses
An honour guard of friends and family stood beside the coffins as they were brought out of the church to the hearses

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.

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
More photos from the family's home life shows the daughters growing up, celebrating their birthdays and attending school formals
Jessica is pictured meeting her baby sister alongside her parents, alongside old photos of the couple

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.

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
Mr Brohier sprinkles the coffin with holy water outside St Mary's Catholic Church in Concord
Mourners shed tears as they watch the coffins be loaded into hearses to be driven to the cemetary

‘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.’

Cathy Randazzo, a relative of Mrs Falkholt, touches Annabelle's coffin as it sits in the hearse
Holy water is flicked on to Annabelle's coffin by a tearful loved one before it is taken away
Distraught friends and family walk to pay their respects at the coffins, still carrying the wreaths they held as the caskets left the church
The Catholic funeral began with a hymn followed by prayers for the departed family
Friends and family gave prepared speeches and led mourners in prayer
The service included Bible readings and well-known hymns
The family included a page thanking mourners for their support and well-wishes

‘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.

Three hearses arrived at the church on Wednesday morning carrying the family's coffins
One of the coffins is seen being brought inside before the funeral began on Wednesday morning
The parents and younger sister of Home and Away star Jessica Falkholt are being laid to rest at St Mary's Catholic Church in Sydney
Another of the coffins, topped with white lilies, is wheeled inside the church
Friends and family of the family arrive for the funeral wearing solid black dresses
Mourners stream into the church, collecting orders of service from a table set up out the front
Mourners stop to talk as they stand in line outside the church with the funeral soon to begin
A small child hugs another mourner as attendees begin to enter the church
Mourners hold hands as they walk towards the entrance to the church on Wednesday morning
A cluster of mourners congregate outside and embrace as they prepare to enter the church

‘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.

Two mourners study the order of service before they enter the church for the funeral
Hundreds attended the service and had to queue up to get their orders of service on the way in
A priest seen outside the church as mourners stream inside before the funeral
Mourners shed tears as they embrace outside St Mary's Catholic Church where the trio will be given their send-off
Orders of service include the tragic final family photo of the mother, father and daughter

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
A man embraces a woman before they go inside the church with the funeral soon to begin
Mourners stop to comfort each other and the church's steps before they go inside
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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