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Natasha Richardson Is Laid To Rest

Natasha Richardson Is Laid To Rest

Liam Neeson and his family arrives for the funeral of actress Natasha Richardson at St. Peter’s Lithgow Episcopal Church on Sunday (March 22) in Millbrook, New York.

The family was joined by approximately 40 people for the service at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday. Neeson, 56, carried the coffin with five other pallbearers into St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Hudson Valley town of Millbrook, where the couple was married 15 years ago.

Richardson‘s mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, her two sons, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, and sister Joely Richardson all mourned together.

Richardson died of a blunt impact to the head at the age 45 after a ski accident in Canada last week.

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Photos: Neilson Barnard/Getty
Posted to: Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson

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  • me

    God be with them.

  • madison

    wow, this is so sad. liam is just such a nice person, he waves to the phographers ..he doesnt seem angry because they are there.. he seems glad,that so many people seem to care for his beloved wife

  • jo

    God be with them indeed. My heart goes out to everyone who knew her especially her little boys, her husband, mom and her sister. The concept of death still baffles me–and I think that it’s so shocking how a little over a week ago she was alive and perfectly well. Hopefully,someday they can all get a place where their happy memories with her overshadow the way she died. Those pictures make me so sad.

  • Stephanie

    It’s another reminder about the precious gift of life.

    I keep all of you in my prayers.

    I thank God for my loved ones and for my own life…

  • [~☆Fug Face Man!ston☆~]

    they look oddly happy

  • viva

    So sad :( I’m happy that the family has come together. It’s such a tragic situation for them all and I wish them the best and support them unconditionally.

    RIP, Natasha.

  • Yellowmellow

    omg,they’re look so…happy! they’re smiling. can’t believe it!

  • http://rantsthoughtsmerde.blogspot.com/ Nativenyker

    I knew there would be coverage of the burial but seriously a photo op is taking it a bit too far… Just a bit…

    xo
    Rants, Thoughts & Merde
    http://rantsthoughtsmerde.blogspot.com/2009/03/knowing-makes-bank.html

  • [~☆Fug Face Man!ston☆~]

    why the fck are they posing for pictures and smiling during her FUNERAL. WTF disrespect

  • FACt CHECK

    Liam is NOT waving at the intrusive paps. He is waving at the small areas townspeople who arrived and silently stood by the side of the service.

  • mariynaston

    this whole accident made me look back on my own close head tramatic brain injury, how I could of dies and missed so much. The rehab was long and tiresom but I am here 16 years later with a wonderful husband and family. No one understands how easily a simple mishap can effect your life forever. I had to learn to read and write but I am here and natasha isn’t.
    I cannot lebieve the person who wrote they look so happy, they are coping and they are doing all they can to be strong as a family for hte children.

  • Lynn

    may god bless and keep her

  • marissa

    why the hell are the kids smiling?

  • depeche

    I dont think that anybody has the right to ask what they are doing, how they are feeling, what emotions are they feeling and showing. Such a sudden and tragical loss has million variations of reaction.
    I wish the whole family all the best.

  • CMA_2009

    When my friend was killed in a car accident at the age of 22, I remember her mum was so emotionally distraut that she would just suddenly laugh out loud during the wake. She was remembering all the funny things her daughter used to say/do. She was blocking out the reality of the funeral. People deal with traumatic losses differently. You can’t judge from photos.

  • julie

    Americans are so strange. Here in Europe we use to cry at funerals! But in these pictures, they look like a really happy family, they are all laughing, smiling and posing to paparazzi…. I really don’t understand that….

    Btw, RIP Natasha :-(

  • riz

    am i the only one who thinks it’s INCREDIBLY disrespectful for paparazzi to be at this man’s wife’s funeral?

    god, what has our society come to.

  • to 9

    why the fck are they posing for pictures and smiling during her FUNERAL. WTF disrespect
    _____________________________________________________
    YOU are the one who has no respect. first of all you have no idea what was happening at the time those pictures were taken. i, however, do. we,. people in the area, stood outside waiting to show our respect to the family. in otherwards, i was there you were not. so please do not make comments about something you know nothing about.

    first of all they were not posing for pictures. it was simply a family gathering taking place outside; after the service. it’s done all the time; to meet with friends etc who have come. and in case you’re interested, liam neeson did wave to us. he didn’t have to but he did.

  • Miapocca

    WELL they are not Americans so I dont understand your point as to that Americans laugh at funerals and Europeans cry….
    They deserve a laugh whatever prompted it…

    I think the sister is taking it really bad..she can barely walk alone or raise her head…..

  • kathy

    these pictures are a disgrace..is nothing sacred?

  • julie

    uh sorry, I made a mistake….you’re right, they are europeans too. Anyway, watching them smiling and so friendly to paparazzi (who should leave them alone) is really strange to me!

  • Stephanie

    Why are some to quick to judge?

    Maybe someone yelled out: “God rest her soul…” or “We loved your mom…”

    I mean, come on, folks…give them a break, they are human who have lost their mom, their sister, their wife…

    Have YOU any feelings? Please remember to BE the change you wish to see in the world and hold yourself to a better standard.

    Try some empathy.

    It is hard to read so many “jumping” to conclusions from a picture. A picture!

  • Stephanie

    Why are some to quick to judge?

    Maybe someone yelled out: “God rest her soul…” or “We loved your mom…”

    I mean, come on, folks…give them a break, they are human who have lost their mom, their sister, their wife…

    Have YOU any feelings? Please remember to BE the change you wish to see in the world and hold yourself to a better standard.

    Try some empathy.

    It is hard to read so many “jumping” to conclusions from a picture. A picture!

  • Stephanie

    Oh and “Julie,” at least you acknowledged your mistake but saying that Americans are strange because we laugh at funerals is a bit condescending. Please don’t generalize.

    Even if it were true, that ALL Americans do this, who cares? Don’t judge.

    And lastly, sometimes it is nice to laugh and celebrate life. I know that I would like people at my funeral to remember the good times with me and smile and…wait for it…laugh. GASP…how dare they?!?!

    (Feel free to laugh at this posting.)

  • Jen

    First off I think its sick that people would take pictures of this!

    & For the people who are criticizing them for smiling, maybe they have decided to celebrate her life rather that be sad for her loss, people deal with death in many ways…. besides do you know how they feel or know them? NO.. so stop being so harsh!
    My best to the family!

  • fighter

    i dont understand why did they smile

  • sissysissy

    God bless the family~

  • Goddess

    I also think it’s very odd that the kids are smiling and seem quite… happy :/ This is so sad. I loved her a lot, she was amazing in the parent trap and well, she was a great actress. She was in Maid in Manhattan too with Jlo. May she rest in peace. She was a beautiful and classy lady. And besides, she seemed generous, down-to-earth and nice. RIP. God bless all this family. I also love Liam as an actor too, he’s great. How sad all this tragedy is….it really shows us how precious life is and how we can pass away so fast. Why the hell are they so glad-looking though….I don’t understand this.

  • val

    # 26 (fighter) and others that think there is a certain funeral pose..

    you idiot…… what, did you want them all to show the “bird” ??

    all sob for the picture taking?

    no one knows what was happening…so what?

    Americans! (some of them)

  • milli

    I remember when my kid sister died of a very rare disease called ‘aplastic anemia ‘. She was 12 yrs old, I was 14. I could not then understand how could she just die!! Just disappear like that! I could not cry really, not for a very long time.
    I was back to my normal life within 4 days max, going to school and hanging out with friends. I had secret dreams that she was in a hospital, somewhere far away where she was receiving treatment and would show up one day, all grown up and healthy.
    It took a very very long time for the reality to sink in. And oh the sorrow !!
    I still cannot believe she is gone and I am 29 yrs old now.
    So, please don’t judge that the Natasha’s kids seem oddly happy. They probably don’t believe it that their mom is gone, forever!

  • a total fan

    As to why their are smiling. I am sure they mourned in private they don’t have to display their intermost private emotions for all the world to see just because everyone says they are suppose to ,that would have been for public’s benifit. I can not imagine their heartache when they sat down to dinner for the first time and there is now an empty place at the table. Let them mourn in their own way and do not judge.

  • marina

    AS for the kids similing. I bet her mother’s death was so unexpected, thet they are hardly getting to really understad how it will affect them, even if the yknow she’s dead, as a kid some times one blocks reality. They are going to face a new way of living without mom, but right now they are protected and surrounded by family, and maybe even their friends and aquintaces (sp?) from around town.
    They also must not be used to cameras and stuff, so it’s hard to ignore the attention.
    .
    Liam strikes me as a polite peson, he knows that a lot of people was sending his regards about his wife’s death, so he must be acknowledging that to the public. Please, it’s enough hard to lose a beloved someone, and besides every thing you do, every gesture, to be judged by people based in a few pictures.

  • eva

    Obviously the family has been there for the children and they are feeling strong. Do you want them to put on a show for you? they don’t look suffeciently miserable to make you feel sorry for them? who cares if they are smiling! after the ordeal that the family has been through they must be relieved and at peace for saying goodbye to Natasha and yes, sometimes you can smile in funerals, the person you loved is no longer in pain and the happy memories are enough to keep you positive. I’m sure if Natasha could see them she would be so glad her sons aren’t crying and on the ground but smiling by their father’s side.

  • anon

    I still can’t get over a funeral on a Sunday! In my religion this is forbidden

  • sigh

    so sad, so sudden!

    I recognize Ethan Hawke in the pictures

  • null

    Some posters here are so ridiculous. They’re suddenly “happy” because they were polite enough to take a few seconds to acknowledge those strangers who paid their respects? Were you guys at the funeral? Did you actually see them, interact with them? So judgemental. If I were them, I wouldn’t want to show my emotions either just so that people like you would be satisfied that I am grieving enough.

  • sad

    I think that’s Juliana Marguiles there with the ponytail and there’s Ralph Fiennes

  • nicole

    They are smiling because they are still in shock. Believe me…give them a few more days..maybe even weeks before the realization of what’s happened sets in. Also some people grieve differently and privately.

  • val

    # 34 anon

    get over it! it’s no longer the middle ages

  • LL

    It’s shameful that the paparazzi shot these photos.

    It’s more shameful that anyone thinks they can judge the family for their behavior during THEIR tragic time of loss.

    Beyond having some respect, have some compassion…

  • Question – just wondering…

    Who is the woman with light brown hair, in the olive-green coat? She has her arms around the sons in most pics. Anyone know?

  • groundcontrol

    Good lord. Some of you people betray a complete lack of experience with life and death. Have you never been to a funeral before? You’ve certainly never been to an Irish wake or funeral. You cry, you laugh , you share fun memories and good times. A reminder that life goes on and some people do believe that her spirit also lives on. If these are religious services then the liturgy is all about hope and joy for an afterlife. And teenage boys have no idea how to show or hide emotions anyway. I am amazed at the ignorance of some of you.
    .
    I like how neighbors paid silent respect for Richardson and her family. Not sure where he was when the picture was taken but Ethan, when he was with Uma, had, and maybe still have, a house upstate. Actually that looks like he was in the city.

  • Regina

    I am really in shock.I cant understand why they look so happy and smiling!!!!!Jesus their mother is dead!fuck!
    i lost my father and i cried as crazy during funeral.Fuck his family
    its insane

  • andie

    # 43- Regina

    Don’t you know how to read? REad the comments above….perhaps you will get a much needed education.

    NO- YOU- Regina is insane.

    Go back to school!

  • Urk

    Rest in Peace, Natasha! God comfort the family and help them get through this difficult period!

  • cheetah

    I get sick to the bones when i see paparazzi pictures like these! I cant think of anything more disrespectfull then taking unwanted pictures on a funaral. These people dont have a chance to display there feelings because the whole world is watching. Its hard to be yourself when camera’s are pointed at you. Im sorry for liam, the boys and natasha’s mom that they had to go to this invasion of there privacy at such a hard point in there lives.

    I dont mind watching paparazzi pictures of one shopping around in LA or going/comming from work. But this is way to private!

  • Kylie

    they dont even look sad

  • me

    RIP, so sad… it’s awful that the paps are there, as well. Leave them alone at this horrible time! Jared, I am not at all impressed that you posted these. But then again, you tend to post inappropriate pictures all the time…

  • babas

    # 13 de acuerdo contigo..

    hey niños mas respeto, su madre acaba de morir!! yo no estaria tan feliz x eso.. Al parecer nadie de esa familia esta afectada por la muerte de Natasha, a excepcion de Joely, que al parecer si la afecto la perdida de su unica hermana..

  • Logan

    I’ve seen the younger one laugh in pictures/video footage about 3 times. I think they are overwhelmed by the media attention and don’t know how to react. By all accounts, the family lives a very normal life in NY. They are not the Cruises, Jolie-Pitts or Beckhams, who have been photographed non-stop from day one. They are also young teenage boys, most won’t going to cry in public. The full impact will probably hit them when all the relatives and friends leave and it’s just them and their dad.

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