Emotional farewell to cancer fighter Emma Grandison

Photo Neil Cross'The funeral of Emma Grandison at Charnock Richard Crematorium
Photo Neil Cross'The funeral of Emma Grandison at Charnock Richard Crematorium
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THE heartbroken family and friends of cancer fighter Emma Grandison got to see her face and hear her voice one last time at her funeral on Friday.

The brave young mum, who lost her battle with cancer last week, had made a video which was played at the packed humanist service.

There was standing room only at Charnock Richard Crematorium as scores of people turned up to say their final farewell to the 32-year-old from Longton.

The funeral cortege was led by the North West Blood Bikers and, rather than the traditional hearse, Emma arrived in a silver VW camper van with a rainbow flag flying from the top.

There wasn’t a dry eye among the well wishers as the pale blue coffin was carried into the crematorium to the sound of ‘Last of the Ladies’ by the Courteeners.

The turnout was such that many people had to stand in the foyer and outside the crematorium.

And there were tears and laughter as the video of Emma saying her goodbyes to her loved ones was played.

Emma spoke movingly of her family and friends and her loving husband Ian and daughter Erin.

She told of happy memories and how she wished she had met Ian when she was younger.

She said: “You guys are all amazing. Thanks for being here today.”

Emma said the video had been filmed on November 17 and that she had hoped to see Christmas last year and this year too. She described husband Ian as her “rock” and said “I love you so so much”.

She added: “Everyone has asked me about a bucket list.

“I don’t have a bucket list and I implore all of you to have no regrets.

“If you get the opportunity to do something, please do it. I have no regrets, no bucket list, I have done everything I wanted to do.”

The video finished with Emma saying: “I love you all. Bye.”

And then a remake of the video to the song Bonkers was played.

Emma died peacefully at St Catherine’s Hospice on February 5 with Ian by her side.

The former Christ the King High School pupil, who worked in health and safety, was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was 16 weeks’ pregnant with her first child, Erin Rose.

After she found out the devastating news she had bowel cancer and secondary cancer of the liver, Emma married Ian and their daughter Erin was born 15 weeks early on November 5, 2013.

Erin spent five months in the neonatal unit before going home in April last year. Emma’s positive attitude inspired many people and she received support from all corners of the globe, in particular from her family and friends.