A colourful funeral service to celebrate the lives of
Bradley and Ellen Livingstone will be held in St Leonards
St Leonards School board of trustees chairwoman Ceri Warnock
said yesterday the ceremony would be ''focused solely on the
happiness the children brought and the happy times we shared
The children's mother, Katharine Webb, had asked children
attending the funeral to ''wear very, very bright colours''
as a tribute to Ellen, who was known for her ''quite
out-there fashion sense'', she said.
Bradley (9) and Ellen (6) were killed by their father Edward
Livingstone last week in the St Leonards home the children
shared with Mr Livingstone's estranged wife, Ms Webb.
Miss Warnock thanked Dunedin residents and the wider
community for their generosity in making the service
''The kindness has been quite overwhelming,'' she said.
''It's been incredibly moving.''
About 400 people were expected to attend the service at the
school at 2pm.
The school was busy yesterday as volunteers prepared for
Miss Warnock described how the events had rocked the
''This immeasurable sadness came and settled in our community
last week and, at times, it's threatened to overwhelm us, but
[during the service] we are going to try and set aside that
feeling, if we can. It's something that Katharine has
requested,'' she said.
''We are coming together ... to remember the joy the children
brought us and their family.''
She shared how the community was coping in the wake of the
''Everybody has good days and bad days. Some people have
taken it much harder than others,'' she said.
''It's really brought the community together. People have
been in [to the school] every day talking and supporting
The school's pupils ''appear quite resilient'' despite the
tragedy, but a counsellor would be available from Monday for
pupils who needed extra support.
School staff, parents and pupils had visited Ms Webb during
the week and she had found it ''quite comforting'' being
visited by Bradley and Ellen's friends, Miss Warnock said.
She also praised school staff for their efforts in organising
the service and said principal Jo Wilson ''has not stopped
working'' since it was decided to hold the service at the
The public was welcome to attend and pay their respects
during the service, she said.