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Monday 19 August 2019

Mum who died at ill child's bedside 'an angel and a saint', funeral hears

Doves are released at the funeral of Sarah Jane Brazil
Doves are released at the funeral of Sarah Jane Brazil
Sarah Jane Brazil's horse-drawn hearse
Sarah Jane Brazil

A young mother who died after being found unresponsive at her sick child's bedside has been described by her devastated family as a "beautiful person" who was "full of life".

Mum-of-two Sarah Jane Brazil (32) is understood to have been attending her young son, who was being treated at Children's Health Ireland, near her home in Tallaght, when tragedy struck last weekend.

Applause

At her funeral mass yesterday morning in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Killinarden, emotional friends and family wore white shirts with a photo of Sarah Jane on the front.

A family member read out a eulogy on behalf of Sarah Jane's daughter, Caitlin, which received a round of applause from mourners who gathered to pay their respects.

"Never in my life did I think I would be writing something like this," it said.

"You were so young and beautiful. You'd do anything for your family.

"It just breaks my heart that you're gone and it is horrible thinking I'll never see you again.

"You were someone I could tell everything to. You weren't only my mam, you were my best friend. I just miss you so much.

"I hope you're looking down on me. Your family is in bits. We're trying to be strong and stick together.

"You always knew what to do and I just want you to know that I love you so much.

"I miss you. It's nearly a week, but you're in a better place up there. Until we meet again, rest in peace my beautiful mam."

Parish priest Fr Fintan O'Driscoll spoke of the family's grief at losing their loved one and having already lost her siblings Derek and Maureen.

"Losing Sarah Jane at a very young age, life can seem very cruel and unfair," he said.

"The family have described Sarah Jane as a great mother who lived for her children, full of life and would give you her last cent.

"An angel and a saint, a beautiful person inside and out and always positive - a loyal, loyal person.

"It's obvious that hearts are broken and will be broken for a long time to come. I'm sure we can't really understand why this has happened. We have lots of different emotions".

At the end of the ceremony, doves were released by friends in memory of Sarah Jane, and there was another round of applause for the much-loved mum before the coffin was removed for cremation.

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