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Mourners say goodbye to cancer patient and hear her sing one last time

Megan Smith’s emotional version of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird was played to the 500-strong congregation at St Mary’s and All Saints’ Church in Kidderminster today as friends, family and supporters said their final goodbye to the 27-year-old

The Funeral Of Megan Smith Takes Place In Kidderminster

Mourners have said goodbye to a cancer patient who brought her town together as they hear her sing for a final time at her funeral.

Megan Smith’s version of Eva Cassidy’s “Songbird” was played to the 500-strong congregation at St Mary’s and All Saints’ Church in Kidderminster today.

They were moved to tears as hundreds more lined the streets wearing shirts that read “Meg’s Army” while a horse-drawn carriage carried the 27-year-old’s white coffin from the family home to the service.

Three flatbed lorries full of floral arrangements were part of the procession, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Megan died in the US on September 16. She was receiving pioneering treatment for extremely rare stage four rectal cancer.



Megan Smith died of a rare cancer at the age of 27




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Megan is survived by her parents Peter and Shirley Smith, brother Peej and sisters Terri, Maz and Sammie-Jo.

She wanted her funeral to be the “biggest party” the town had ever seen.

Megan’s love of music shone through during the day as Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” was played as her coffin enter the church.

The emotive ceremony included moving hymns that received standing ovations from mourners in the church, which was left with standing room only.



Megan’s coffin was carried in a horse-drawn carriage to St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Kidderminster
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Rev Simon Archer, leading the service, said Shirley described Megan as “the happiest child she’d ever seen”.

The church heard how Megan’s love of dance led to her performing Michael Jackson’s Thriller on doorsteps while trick-or-treating as a youngster.

It was said Meghan later trained to be a hairdresser at Kidderminster College.

Rev Archer said: “Today is difficult for those of us gathered here and for those that fought so hard for Megan over her treatment.



Mourners lined the road to say their final goodbye to Megan
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“Together we come to remember Meg before God and to comfort one another in our sadness. This service will be filled with music as Meg loved to dance and sing.”

Rev Archer said although Megan felt “agonising pain” from her illness, she “wrote and shared her experiences to help others travelling similar times”.

Nurses and doctors who treated Megan at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust were said to have written to her family remembering her attitude and approach to her cancer treatment.



Megan was receiving treatment in the US when she died




Rev Archer added: “She did things her way.

“If doctors looked miserable when they came to see her, she’d say: ‘Don’t come in with a face looking like that’.”

Rev Archer continued: “Meg could cope with her own pain but hated to see others sad. She would never say goodbye, it was always see you later.”

Megan pre-recorded a final performance for her friends and family that left many without a dry eye.

The funeral programme has a lasting quote from Megan for loved ones to take away with them – “If you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine!”

A party to celebrate Megan’s life was taking place into the evening at The Port House, in Bridge Street, Stourport-on-Severn.


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