The Sky Header in Is Filled with Angels; Touching Tributes as Hundreds of Mourners Gather to Pay Last Respects to Tragic Philpott Kids POETIC GOODBYE TO SIX SIBLINGS KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE
Byline: Louie Smith
THEY were the moving words of comfort among the unimaginable heartache no family should ever have to endure.
As the six coffins of tragic Philpott children Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, stood side by side in a church yesterday, a heavenly poem echoed around the walls.
Called Angels on High, it started: "The sky is filled with angels, with puffy lacy wings, the remnants of God's beauty, with treasures they now bring."
And, as many mourners wept, it ended: "When you have a moment, just close your eyes. For they are all only a breath away, in heaven there are no goodbyes.
"Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden ... in the arms of angels fly away."
The poignant message brought a crumb of solace to the family and friends of the youngsters who had packed into the church.
Their small white coffins then left the building in a sombre line to be met by hundreds more people gathered outside in the rain.
The children's half-brothers Richard, 24, and Mikey, 14, led the way with Jade's casket. Their faces were etched with grief as they shouldered their heartbreaking burden under the gloomy skies.
But two faces missing from the funeral were those of the couple who brought the youngsters into the world.
Parents Mick, 55, and Mairead, 31, are in custody charged with murdering their children in a house fire in Derby on May 11.
They were ordered to stay away from the service for their own safety after receiving death threats.
Their children's coffins arrived at the city's St Mary's Catholic Church in six horse-drawn carriages. Jade's was covered in pink flowers.
On each was written their name - in blue for the boys and pink for Jade - and an emblem to reflect their different, lively personalities. …