Family, friends gather to farewell Edison
HUNDREDS of mourners gathered at the Kenmore Baptist Church to celebrate the life of 11-year-old Edison Hellmuth, who tragically passed away following a house fire in the Brisbane suburb of Westlake last week.
The small church was packed with family, friends, neighbours, police and fire personnel, teachers and school friends who all came to say their goodbyes to the young life that was taken way too soon in the early hours of June 16.
Even those who had never met Edison were moved to tears as the Hellmuth family remembered Edison, their bright and shining light that loved pizza, marshmallows and trains.
Bravely, Edison's sisters Francesca and Freya-Grace stood in front of the large crowd to say a few words about the brother they loved and adored.
"He was the kind of person who would give you high fives until your hands were sore," Francesca said.
"When I think of him, I don't feel as I've lost a brother. I feel as if a part of me is absent."
Fighting back tears, Freya-Grace said her brother had a loveable personality.
"One of the most beautiful things about Edison was his smile. When I saw his smile, it put a smile on my heart," she said.
Sadly, she also spoke about how Edison would wave to everyone he passed when the family went to the local shopping centre.
A slide show featuring some of Edison's happiest moments in life with his mum, his sisters and extended family showed a little boy who brought so much love, joy and light to all those around him.
Following the service, mourners ate marshmallows and released a sea of balloons, which were mostly his favourite colour red, to commemorate his short life.