Cancer mum urges mourners to cherish time together
DYING mother Jess Warner used her own funeral to encourage her family and friends to cherish the short time they have together.
Mrs Warner, 32, was farewelled at Caloundra on Tuesday in a ceremony which reflected the tragic nature of her passing but also her sense of hope and sense of humour.
She died on Tuesday last week as a result of brain cancer.
Video messages she recorded while she was terminally ill for her husband Brad, their children Ben and Amelia and her family and friends were played.
Mrs Warner told her husband he had to be strong and to live his life with meaning and purpose.
"Enjoy your life, make the most of your life and make many, many happy memories with our family," Mrs Warner said.
"Life is just so precious.
"It is so short and you just have no idea what is around the corner."
She said she wanted to be remembered for her positive attitude, courage and determination to make the most of every moment to the end.
The eulogy delivered by Mr Warner showed she had achieved that and much more.
He spoke of her pride in her achievements and her dedication to her children.
"I feel so very fortunate to have spent the time I had with her," Mr Warner said.
He said she would push aside the stream of bad news she received after falling ill last year and ignore her fatigue from treatment to give all of her love and attention to her kids.
"You have fought so gallantly but it is now time to rest," he said.
Mrs Warner had made it clear she wanted her funeral to have a lighter side and funny anecdotes and commentary on her personality fulfilled her wish.
Upbeat tunes that she loved accompanied photos of the many good times she had with family and friends.
Guests were handed seeds by Mr Warner and his son Ben as they left to plant to symbolise hope something good could come from the tragedy.