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Hundreds attend Seema Jaya Sharma’s funeral

PUBLISHED: 16:42 28 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 01 September 2015

The funeral of inspirational singer and model Seema Jay Sharma at City of London Crematorium who died after a six-year battle with cancer

The funeral of inspirational singer and model Seema Jay Sharma at City of London Crematorium who died after a six-year battle with cancer

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Family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of an inspirational woman who died a week ago after a long battle with cancer.

Singer and model Seema Jaya Sharma, 38, of Pembroke Road, Seven Kings, arrived at City of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, on a white horse drawn carriage, followed by a string of limousines and a hearse filled with flowers.

Those closest to Seema shared memories and spoke of her “positive” personality at the service on Friday after she was carried into the chapel by male family members, including her son Kalvin, 17.

Seema, who was told she had weeks to live in May, prepared a video to be played at the funeral.

It showed the loving mum having fun with her children and mother, who she called her “rock”.

Seema’s farewell video

Seema had prepared a video to be played at her funeral after her cancer was diagnosed as terminal in May.

She said in the video: “This is my farewell video.

“I have been dead because you’re here for my funeral,” she joked.

“I want you to celebrate life, this beautiful life – we’re all going to go one day.

“I might not be here personally but I live through these people – you should celebrate life, there’s nothing to mourn.

“It’s not giving up – I fought hard but it’s at a stage where they can’t do anything – what am I going to fight?

“It’s beautiful, we embrace birth – we should embrace death too.

“This is just my body, not my heart or my soul – I’m not a victim. Keep me alive through you memories.

“This is it – we’re going to celebrate!”

She said in the video: “I might not be here personally but I live through these people.”

Seema’s friend Pam Trott, who held the service, said: “She had an impact on all of our lives and she lived life to the full.

She added; “When you get a thought – that you should help someone – it’s likely to be Seema giving you a nudge.

“Seema will live on in our hearts forever.”

The service concluded with Seema’s eight-year-old daughter Shanti singing The Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston.

Musical guests at the funeral included rapper Romeo of So Solid Crew. He said: “Before she passed I went to visit her and we sat down and spoke and she said ‘make sure you come’ – so I’m here.

“She was beautiful and bubbly – she was very funny. She was grounded and real.”

Singer Priti Menon, who also attended, said: “It was emotional – she touched so many people’s lives.”


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