It was only this past Wednesday that the world had to make a sad farewell to Natasha Richardson, who died of a blunt force trauma to the head, after experiencing a small and minor fall on what was similar to a bunny hill at a Quebec ski resort. The story was as shocking as it was sad, with Natasha shaking off her fall by walking around a bit and laughing and joking. It wasn’t until 3 or 4 hours later (there are conflicting reports between the ski resort and the hospital) that she was taken to a Quebec hospital and then taken to a NYC hospital. Her family was then given some time to say their good-byes and Natasha’s mother sang “Edelweiss” to her daughter during her last moments of life.
It seems as though the entire world is feeling this loss of such a talented woman who was taken much too soon. Natasha’s funeral will be a private ceremony that is held tomorrow but new details have been released about her wake, which was held yesterday. From US,
“On Friday, Richardson’s husband Liam Neeson and family gathered at the American Irish Historical Society in NYC for the late actress’ wake.
A hearse carrying the polished wooden casket bearing Richardson’s body was transported from the Greenwich Village Funeral Home earlier in the day.
Richardson’s two sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, joined Neeson and the actress’ mother, Redgrave, and sister, Joely Richardson, at the private viewing. ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer, Mike Nichols, Matthew Modine, Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman were also present.
After today’s wake, Richardson will be buried Sunday during a private funeral service in Millbrook, N.Y., where she belonged to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, ABC News reports.
The private viewing followed Thursday night’s tribute when Broadway theaters dimmed their lights for a minute to mark her death. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were among the stars who paid their respects.
Quoting the Cole Porter song “Everytime We Say Goodbye,” Parker told Usmagazine.com: “It’s as if Porter were writing the sentiments of everyone who was privileged enough to know, work with or love the late great Ms. Richardson.”
I can’t express how deeply saddened I am by this story. Natasha Richardson and her husband, Liam Neeson, were two of the most in-love couples that you would ever see together and even when they were interviewed together, they wouldn’t be able to take their eyes off of each other. Not to mention that there are now two boys who are without their mother. I am so, so sorry for this family’s loss and our thoughts go out to them.