Hundreds gathered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church yesterday to say their goodbyes and celebrate Sarah’s life.
Hundreds gathered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church yesterday to say their goodbyes and celebrate Sarah’s life. Peter Holt

Friends and family say goodbye to Sarah Rigby

SARAH Rigby's funeral service pushed a strong message.

If you are feeling sad, if you are down, if your thoughts are low, please speak out.

And always remember, there are people who love and care about you.

Sarah, a beautiful and talented 17-year-old, tragically ended her own life last week. She was weeks away from turning 18 with her twin brother Nicholas.

Hundreds gathered at St Patrick's Catholic Church yesterday to say their goodbyes and celebrate Sarah's life.

Her father, Steven Rigby, said his daughter battled "demons" that weren't always obvious on the surface.

"And now my little girl is gone," he said.

Fr Pat Mooney conducts the service at the funeral of Sarah Rigby.
Fr Pat Mooney conducts the service at the funeral of Sarah Rigby. Peter Holt

Her devastated family, which has been left without answers, begs others to talk to someone. Sarah's parents, Steven Rigby and Vickie Mason, both agreed that if sharing their own heartbreak and pain could save even one life, it was worth it.

Mr Rigby said it was also important to listen if someone spoke to you about their feelings.

Music and social media were such a big part of Sarah's life, so it was fitting that her mobile phone and a set of earphones were placed on her coffin for the service.

Family and friends looked upon Sarah's infectious smile as a moving photo montage of her life was played.

Aaliyah Warren wrote and sang ’A Tribute to Sarah’.
Aaliyah Warren wrote and sang ’A Tribute to Sarah’.

Close friend Aaliyah Warren paid tribute to Sarah by with a song she'd written. And Sarah's beloved dog Letty, a staffy, sat outside the church during the service.

Mr Rigby said the world had missed out by her death because she was someone very special.

 

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SISTER DELIVERS BEAUTIFUL EULOGY FOR SARAH

"YOU were loved by so many and will never be forgotten."

Kristi Elworthy spoke these loving words to her younger sister Sarah Rigby.

Her voice, filled with grief, broke as she said goodbye to her beloved sibling who took her own life last week.

"Love you Sar Bear," she said at the funeral service for the popular teenager.

Hundreds gathered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church yesterday to say their goodbyes and celebrate Sarah’s life.
Hundreds gathered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church yesterday to say their goodbyes and celebrate Sarah’s life. Peter Holt

Sarah, who was one of seven siblings, made friends indiscriminately.

She always said, "If people are nice to me, then I will like them".

Sarah was born 30 seconds before twin brother Nicholas, and she never let him forget it.

The pair shared a special bond, Ms Elworthy said.

A tomboy at heart, Sarah grew into a beautiful young lady.

With her brothers she loved to play sport and ride bikes, but with her sisters she would dress up and play hairdressers. And she wasn't afraid to sit her brothers down and give them a haircut.

An exceptional athlete, Sarah represented Mackay and Capricornia at soccer, touch football, cross country and running, Ms Elworthy said

She also played netball, but loved rugby league.

"It was her favourite sport," Ms Elworthy said.

She played league at every opportunity, even as part of the boy's team.

"She would say 'I'll just wear a head guard and they won't know'."

A moving photo montage of Sarah’s life was played.
A moving photo montage of Sarah’s life was played.

Nothing stopped her from playing alongside her friends on an indigenous all-girls team.

She shrugged off comments such as, "you're not indigenous" and said "Who cares, they're my mates and I will play."

Ms Elworthy said grief, while painful, "can give you a new perspective on life" and was "a powerful reminder of how much Sarah meant to us and always will".

While delivering her eulogy, she asked for everyone to remember "that you are important" and "that you are loved". "If you ever feel down or sad" know there are people you can talk to, Ms Elworthy said.

 

 



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