A DEVASTATED father gave an emotional eulogy for his daughter during the Requiem Mass held for Grace Millane at Brentwood Cathedral yesterday.

Guests arrived to the hymn Amazing Grace before the service began.

Her order of service included the words “in a world where you can be anything, be kind” and “let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile”.

Brothers Michael and Declan read the poem Until We Meet Again.

It begins: “Each morning when we awake, we know that you are gone, and no-one knows the heartache, as we try to carry on”.

Money raised from the funeral will go to charities White Ribbon, Little Princess Trust, Smile Train and Mutts in Distress.

In total, hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to Miss Millane at Brentwood Cathedral yesterday.

The procession left the cathedral to Ed Sheeran's Photograph. 

The 23-year-old who was killed while backpacking in New Zealand.


Friends joined her loving family to mourn her death and pay their respects at the service following a processing from her family home in Wickford.

Grace was part way through a trip around the world and had been in New Zealand for two weeks before going missing from a hostel on December 1.

An appeal was launched and her father, David Millane, travelled to New Zealand to join in the search.

Tragically her body was later discovered.

A 26-year-old man appeared at Auckland District Court on December 11 charged with murdering the backpacker between December 1 and 2.

The defendant, listed as staying in CityLife Hotel on Queen Street in central Auckland - where Grace had been staying - has not entered a plea.