Sarah Harding: Girls Aloud Star Revealed What She Wanted On Her Gravestone
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Sarah Harding revealed what she wanted on her gravestone before her tragic death.
The Girls Aloud star sadly passed away this weekend at the age of 39, after a battle with breast cancer. Sarah's mum, Marie, revealed the news on Sunday afternoon.
Prior to her death, Sarah had discussed her funeral plans in her autobiography, Hear Me Out, which was released earlier this year.
“I keep thinking about funerals at the moment," she wrote. "It might sound morbid, but it’s hard not to at this stage - cemeteries, plots, burials, what kind of send-off I’d like and how it would all go.
“I’ve also thought about an epitaph for my grave. I’m thinking ‘FFS’ might be a good one.
"It’s probably been my most used phrase throughout this, with one crappy event following another. ‘For f***’s sake!’ ”
Sarah was first diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last August, and underwent both a mastectomy and chemotherapy.
On Sunday 5th September, Sarah's mum announced the devastating news.
“It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away," she wrote.
"Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning."
Marie went on: "I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year. It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved.
"I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.
Since the sad news was announced, tributes have been flooding in for Sarah.
Bandmate Nicola Roberts shared an emotional tribute, writing: "I can’t accept that this day has come. My heart is aching and all day everything we went through together has raced round my mind.
"Especially this last year since her diagnosis, as hard as the year has been, our new memories are strong in my heart," she added.
"There are so many things to say and at first it felt to personal to put them here and then I remembered that there are so many other people grieving her too.
"A part of me or us isn’t here anymore and it’s unthinkable and painful and utterly cruel. She would have loved your messages today.
"Electric girl, you made us. You gave it everything and still with a smile. A white butterfly flew past my window this morning before I knew, it must have been you".
Fellow bandmate, Nadine Coyle has also paid tribute, writing: "I am absolutely devastated!!
"I can’t think of words that could possibly express how I feel about this girl & what she means to me!! I know so many of you will be feeling this way. For now I’m sending so much love to you!"
Our thoughts are with Sarah's family and friends at this very sad time.
You can find information, support and advice at Breast Cancer Now.