A MUM-of-three, 39, collapsed and died after going into cardiac arrest while speaking at her father-in-law’s funeral.

Sarah Healey, of Staines, Surrey, “suddenly fell to the ground” as she delivered her eulogy at an emotional service held for Roy West, 81, who had died of cancer.

The nurse leaves behind a heartbroken family, partner James West, and children aged 16, seven and six.

Sarah’s mum, Gladys Healey, said: âSarah was one of those who spoke in tribute to the father of James.

âHowever, Sarah suddenly fell to the ground during her eulogy.

“It seems that Sarah had suffered an attack of arrhythmia or a cardiac arrest.”

The grief-stricken parent added her that her daughter had no history of heart problems and the “sudden death” left them “devastated”.

She added: âIt was a terrible blow to our family.

“Losing my older and only sister has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced.” Sarah’s Sister, Trisha Healey

“It was a blow to her partner, who had just lost his own father.

“It was a blow to the three young children left behind and it was a blow to Dave, I and Sarahâs younger sister, Trisha, who was at the ceremony with us.â

“Life will never be the same but I find planning things with friends, talking and crying when you need to with no shame has helped.”

Meanwhile, Sarahâs dad, Dave Healey explained how he has tried to focus on work.

He said: “One of the most valuable things I have learned is that, rather than falling into absolute despair, you can try to do something worthwhile in memory of the loved one. I think it is important advice.”


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