Charlotte Dawson will be farewelled at a small
family-only funeral and cremation service in Sydney this week,
but friends will be able to say their goodbyes later.
Her sister Robin Barclay told the Herald last night from
Sydney that the funeral would take place tomorrow and it
would be a private cremation for family only.
Others would have a chance to celebrate the television
personality's life on Friday.
Ms Barclay and her sister Vicky Dawson arrived in Sydney on
Monday night to organise the 47-year-old's funeral. It is
thought her body was released to them yesterday morning.
It is understood the family service could feature as few as
five people, an idea that jarred with friends who knew how
popular Dawson was.
One friend, who did not want to be named, told the Herald the
family had kept all funeral details private.
"Nobody knows where it is or what's happening. Those closest
to her aren't invited.
"There were two versions of Charlotte Dawson: the one on the
television, and then there was the one sitting up on her
couch at two in the morning talking about her troubles. And
tragically those people who witnessed that won't be at the
It is understood Australian television network Foxtel is
organising a tribute service for Dawson for Friday, which is
likely to be televised. It is understood a New Zealand
service will be held in about three weeks.
- Sam Boyer of the NZ Herald