Wanted a FU­Neral

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

Flow­ers spell­ing out ‘Jes­sica’ are dis­played in the win­dow of the hearse, with more flow­ers spell­ing out ‘roar.’


The com­mu­nity in Hare­field got to­gether to dec­o­rate as much of the area as pos­si­ble in pink in me­mory of Jess.

Suzy Flood, who took the pho­tos, wrote on so­cial me­dia: “Moved be­yond words to­day.

”When a lit­tle girl’s smile and laugh­ter brought a vil­lage, and peo­ple from across the world, to­gether. Pink rib­bons have been put up in Hare­field in hon­our and me­mory of the very beau­ti­ful Jess who trag­i­cally lost her bat­tle with neu­rob­las­toma, age 10. RIP beau­ti­ful.”

Louise Walker, Jess’s grand­mother, said: “Since her death, we have had amaz­ing sup­port, es­pe­cially in Hare­field and Ruis­lip. I have not seen it my­self but I’m told Hare­field has gone com­pletely pink for her be­cause it was her favourite colour and Ruis­lip is do­ing the same.

“Jess or­gan­ised her own fu­neral when she re­alised that there was not any­more hope.

“We had lots of dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tions and she told us ex­actly what she wanted, which made it less hard for us.

“She said she did not want any­one to be sad and she wanted them to have fun, although I told her I couldn’t prom­ise that no one would cry.

“She chose her own mu­sic, in­clud­ing her favourite song ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry, which she al­ways said was writ­ten about her, be­cause she wanted a lot of danc­ing.”


Brave Jess Shep­herd, 10, said she didn’t want peo­ple to be sad at her fu­neral and de­cided there should be colour and mu­sic there

There were tears at the ser­vice but also mo­ments of the joy in­spired by Jess

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