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Slain Rockhampton mum honoured in livestreamed funeral

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Rockhampton woman Karen Gilliland has been remembered as a dedicated mother and a loving friend to all.

Rockhampton woman Karen Gilliland has been remembered as a dedicated mother and a loving friend to all.

Heartbroken friends and family of the mother-of-three gathered at St Joseph's Cathedral in Rockhampton today for her funeral.

The emotional farewell comes two weeks after she was allegedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

Her body was laid to rest in a white coffin and she will be buried at the Memorial Gardens next to her first son Thomas, who died when he was just three weeks old.

Her other three children - Saul, Lara and Jade - are currently in the care of family members.

Ms Gilliland's brother, Bryan Cranston, spoke fondly of memories he shared with his sister saying, "there's so many stories [he] could tell about Karen".

"One of the things that I have insisted with the kids is that we will be keeping her memory alive," he said.

"Talking about Karen every single day, sharing stories.

"I've taken it upon myself now to tell Saul, Lara and Jade all the stories that their mum can't."

Friends and family shared their prayers at the service, saying they will be "ever-thankful for the gift of Karen".

Prayers were also shared for the first responders, ambulance and police and the neighbours on the night who helped on the night Ms Gilliland was allegedly stabbed.

Karen Gilliland

In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to Ms Gilliland's children and their future via a fundraising page started by Mr Cranston.

"Karen loved these children more than anything in this world," he wrote.


"Our hearts break as we think of the journey ahead for them, navigating life without their amazing mother."

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Source: 9News

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