Family and friends of Farrah Fawcett convened together at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, CA yesterday to pay their last respects to the late actress who passed away at age 62 last Thursday. The private service was attended by Farrah‘s long-time companion Ryan O’Neal, her only child Redmond (who was allowed to attend his mother’s funeral service altho he is currently serving a jail sentence for violating his probation) and a gathering of close friends and family:
A tearful Ryan and Redmond O’Neal joined Farrah Fawcett’s closest friends and family for the actress’s private funeral Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Fawcett’s Charlie’s Angels costar Kate Jackson, Marla Maples, Joan Collins and Tatum O’Neal were among the 200 guests attending the hour-long Catholic service, where longtime pal Alana Stewart and Fawcett’s doctor Lawrence Piro delivered the eulogies. “Goodbye sweet girl,” said Stewart. “[Farrah] never felt sorry for herself during her illness … she fought cancer furiously.” “She’s the most beautiful angel in heaven,” Stewart added. “She always seemed so indestructible.” With city police and private security lining the streets, a hearse drove up just a few minutes before the funeral began. Ryan and son Redmond served as pallbearers carrying Fawcett’s casket, adorned with yellow and orange flowers. A man in a kilt played “Amazing Grace” on a bagpipe at the beginning of the service, which also included Bible readings and prayer. “The funeral was really just beautiful and so sweet,” Lisa Fawcett, the actress’s cousin, told PEOPLE. A special moment during the service came when “everyone just embraced [Redmond],” she says about Fawcett’s 24-year-old son, who was allowed to leave jail and attend.
I understand that letters written by Farrah Fawcett to her loved ones were read aloud at her service which expressed how much she loved and cared for those closest to her:
A friend read out Farrah’s letter to Ryan, which addressed the ups and downs of their on/off 30 year relationship: ‘When I figure out what it is all about, I can tell you.’ Redmond, who was given three hours release from jail to say goodbye to his mother, was also given inspiration to conquer his drug problems. Farrah’s letter to her 24-year-old son said: ‘The greatest gift of my life was to be your mother. By leaving you behind I hope you will be able to work out all your troubles and grow as a person.’ The friend also read a letter addressed to Farrah’s beloved father James Fawcett: ‘You gave me life and you were the greatest dad around.’ During the hour long service, Ryan, Redmond and James joined Hollywood stars, friends and family paid tribute to the former Charlie’s Angels star who died of cancer last week … Redmond, who was allowed to visit his mother at her bedside before she died, read a passage from the Old Testament book Lamentations while his father read from the book of Wisdom.
Guests were given an order of service booklet which had a glamorous image of Farrah on its cover. Giving one of her famous smiles she was seen wearing a sequinned dress. The order of service also included a few lines of the James Joyce poem At That Hour. The funeral was held just five days after the 62-year-old lost her long battle against cancer.
At last, Charlie’s Angel can now rest in heaven where she belongs. I truly hope that peace and serenity comes to Farrah‘s loved ones and that they will be able to heal from their terrible loss. I’m sure it’s of some comfort to know that her painful suffering has ended. Rest well, Farrah Fawcett.