More than 100 family and friends turned out to say a final goodbye to a mum-of-two who died following an operation to remove a gallbladder.
During a special service at St Thomas’ Church, in Blackpool, Leah Mills‘ friends were asked to sign her white coffin emblazoned with pictures of the 23-year-old in happier times.
The congregation, dressed in bright colours, were also shown a presentation of hand picked photographs to the Spice Girls’ song Goodbye.
The former Collegiate School High School pupil arrived at the Caunce Street church to ‘Heaven’ by DJ Sammy and was led out of the service to the uplifting anthem ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba.
Speaking after the lunchtime service yesterday, Leah’s heartbroken mum Karen Innes, said: “As you can tell this was not a typical funeral. This service was a bit different just like Leah was.
“I hope her friends took comfort in being able to sign her coffin.”
Leah, of Gorton Street, Blackpool, died from multiple organ failure surrounded by her family on July 8.
She had been admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for a routine operation to remove her gall bladder after weeks of feeling ill.
During the operation, the former Devonshire Road Primary School pupil suffered a complication which led to a serious infection of the pancreas.
Full-time mum Leah, was then transferred to Manchester Royal Infirmary where she went underwent further surgery.
However, the infection had progressed too far and she suffered multiple organ failure.
During the service, Rev Rosalyn Murphy read out words prepared by the family.
She said: “Karen, Leah’s mum, said ‘I never want to feel normal again.
‘I have lost my best friend in the world’.”
Leah’s two children Harvey, two, and one-year-old Ebony Mae also attended the funeral.