Dying woman’s final message goes viral
“Please come in bright colours coz you're not coming to mourn my death but to celebrate my life!!”
A former singer and model from Ilford in London, lost her battle with cancer recently but before that, she wrote her last Facebook post that has been called inspiring.
Seema Jaya Sharma, 37, from north London who battled cancer for six years died at 2.10pm on Friday 21st August, but penned a final message for the social networking site before her death.
The post was uploaded to her Facebook page by her son and has since been shared more than 800 times, liked by more than 7,500 people and amassed 2,800 comments.
Seema, who previously fronted a Cancer Research UK campaign, started her farewell Facebook post by telling people to wear bright-coloured clothes to her funeral because she wanted it to be a celebration. "This is me.. Seema Jaya Sharma. My son will keep you updated of when the funeral is etc and please come in bright colours coz you're not coming to mourn my death but to celebrate my life!!
"Please keep me alive through you good times and every time you laugh or smile and have fun, i'm right there having fun with u!!! Yay!!! don't cry for me argentina....the truth is that i didn't even know where u are on the map!! Geography was never my strong point!! :S.”
Seema's son said: "She wrote this as her final status....she wanted her last words to be 'I got 21seconds to go!!! hehe :P)"
From those who knew her, Seema was full of life, inspirational and found the bright side of every situation.
At the end she warned her followers and fans to watch out for the birds flying above. She says, "Anyway this is me saying 'peace out people' if a bird poos on ur head, that's just me saying 'yo man' and if i really like u then i might just come haunt you to create ur own kinda bird poo innit!!! hehe!! Love you!!! MWAH xxx.”
Ms Sharma was diagnosed with cancer in October 2009 and was given the all clear three times, according to the Ilford Recorder, before the disease took hold earlier this year.
Tributes have flooded in on Facebook and Twitter, with many calling Ms Sharma an inspiration.
One person posted: “That's the perfect way to leave your loved ones! With a smile!! Would have loved to know this woman! RIP darling xxx”
“What a wonderful message has been delivered by this beautiful Seema who left this world without fear,” said another. “We all love you and will be praying for your new journey as smooth as possible,” it added.
Seema’s funeral service will be held on Friday 28th August at the South Chapel, City Of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5DQ at 13:15pm.