March 23, 2009
Family and friends of natasha richardson said their final farewells to the late actress Sunday afternoon during a small, private funeral held near her Millbrook home in upstate New York.
Approximately 40 people gathered for the services, including her husband, actor liam neeson; their two sons, Michel and Daniel; mother Vanessa Redgrave; sister Joely Richardson; and longtime friend and fellow actor ralph fiennes, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. Alan Rickman and Laura Linney, who costarred with Neeson in Love Actually, were also in attendance.
Richardson died on Wednesday at the age of 45 from a head injury she suffered while skiing in Canada.
The funeral began after the family arrived in a police-escorted motorcade at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lithgow, where Neeson and his sons are members. Wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, Liam helped carry his wife's casket into the tiny white church.
Natasha will be buried at nearby St. Peter's cemetery, where her maternal grandmother, Rachel Kempson, was laid to rest in 2003. Kempson passed away while visiting her granddaughter.
Ten police officers were stationed outside the church, where more than two dozen reporters and onlookers had quietly gathered. Despite the threat of protests from Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which opposes Richardson's support for AIDS research, the scene was calm and no protestors were visible