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  1. Thank you to all the Groom Family. I was able to watch the service which was sent to me by Ros. You all were able to give me a wonderful picture of Jill and the way she led her life. As an old family friend I remember Jill coming to baby sit us in Moorabbin when we were quite young. Our mothers were strong women, who met at school, lived through difficult times and who both have past this strength down the line to their children in turn.
    I think Jill would have been thrilled with the service. It was so impressive to watch via the video. You have all done her proud! With love Mignon Brind

  2. Dear Richard, Thank you for the opportunity to watch the eloquent and lovely service for Jill. The words of you, David, Matthew, Nicky and Anna were so meaningful and beautiful. The photos were also such a meaningful history of Jill and her love of family. Jill was always a bright light in the room with her smile, her grace, and bright outlook on whatever she encountered. From the minute that we first met Jill back in 1991, she always made us feel welcome and at home. Her love of the arts encouraged us while during our first visit to Melbourne, to take a night to attend “The Phantom of the Opera” while there in Melbourne in order to enrich our life’s in one more way. Watching that show there in Melbourne, pushed us to also see it in New York, Seattle, Washington, Berlin, Germany and Durham, North Carolina. However, none of the shows were as meaningful as the one there in Melbourne. Once again, her love of the arts encouraged us. We also know that people from all over the world are morning Jill’s passing. We pray for peace for you, your children and grandchildren, while adjusting to life without her. While we know that it will be a difficult adjustment to make, it will be one filled with love and many memories precious memories that can never be taken away.
    Jill will always missed and remembered in our hearts and minds as well as those of our children, Garyen and Carrie.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Carsie and Dawn Denning in Coats, North Carolina, USA.

  3. What a beautiful service. You all spoke so eloquently and the depth of your love for your wife/mother/grandma was abundantly clear. A fitting tribute for a remarkable woman.

    May you all find comfort from each other and from knowing how loved she was.

    Thinking of you all and sending much love. xxx

  4. Sincere condolences at your families loss.
    Thinking of you at this sad and difficult time xx

  5. So privileged to have known Jill ,a warm ,caring and lovely woman who lived life to the full .
    So proud of her family.Thankyou for including us in her very moving farewell .
    Jane ,Jenny and I shared many years of our passion in Dance ,therapy and friendship together .
    Jill will always remain in our hearts.
    With deepest Sympathy
    EVELYN x

  6. So privileged to have known Jill ,a warm ,caring and lovely woman who lived life to the full .
    So proud of her family.Thankyou for including us in her very moving farewell .
    Jane ,Jenny and I shared many years of our passion in Dance ,therapy and friendship together .
    Jill will always remain in our hearts.
    With deepest Sympathy
    EVELYN x

  7. Richard really great loss for you. May Allah Rest her soul in peace.
    She was great support of you and very kind to us. She will be missed. God give you patience to bear this irreparable loss.

  8. Beautiful service – you all spoke so well and I know Jill would have been impressed.
    Such lovely stories with many fond memories to treasure.
    So nice to feel part of jills farewell from afar.
    Love Ros

  9. A moving service and we learnt many things about Jill. What an interesting life she has had. Richard you and the family will have many wonderful memories.

  10. Jill personified inner fortitude and lived a rich and marvellous life. Her legacy to all her family is so special and will be treasured.

  11. Thank you for the beautiful service celebrating the life of Jill.
    May she Rest In Peace.

    Kathryn and Greg.

  12. Such a moving and beautiful service for Jill. A real celebration of her wonderful life fully lived and the legacy of love she has left. I am very grateful to have known Jill and to have shared with her our passion for dance and creative movement as well as friendship.
    To Richard and all Jill’s family, in the midst of your grief may you also know Jill’s ongoing presence in your lives as her influence and gifts and most of all her love live on in you all.
    She must be so proud of you all.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Jenny Guild

  13. In memory of Jill Groom. Thank you to her family & to Richard for the opportunity to be a part of Jill’s farewell service today online.

    Farewell Jill. ‘A life well lived.’ R.I.P.


    Annie Wysham and Doug Wysham (Deceased) Rotary Club of Richmond/Rotary Club of MASH

    1. So privileged to have known Jill a warm ,kind and caring woman ,down to earth and no bullshit . We had wonderful years together with Jane and Jenny sharing our passion for dance and therapy over many years .
      A wonderful service ,very moving ,thanking you all for sharing that with us .
      She will always remain in our hearts .
      With Deepest Sympathy

  14. To Richard and family, Beautiful service. I found it very moving and shed many tears. Thinking of the great times we had experienced together. Coming through a pioneering time of bringing the joy of dance movement and creative expression to so many people who benefited from it. I loved the main photo of Jill, the beautiful flowers and lovely music – which she would have loved and could have picked for herself. A great eulogy David, and the same goes for everyone’s contribution. I was cut off for a short time only but would like to re-watch if possible – I think the internet must have cut out for that period.
    My thoughts are with you all and I will miss her as wonderful old friend.

    1. Jane, thanks for your detailed message. It is greatly appreciated. You can re-watch the entire service by clicking on Watch Again above. I took the opportunity this morning to watch it all from the start.

  15. This was a beautiful service for Jill. My condolences to Richard and his family. It was my pleasure and privilege to have known Jill in recent years.

  16. Beautiful service Richard. I am sure Jill would have been standing there with a smile on her face and would have been extremely proud of her whole family. Sally and I are thinking of you and your family at this sad time but are rejoicing in the fact that we knew Jill.
    Regards, Sally and Robert

  17. Jill was certainly a remarkable woman with many life achievements both professionally and in her devotion to her family. We only knew Jill in recent years and would have loved to get to know her better.

  18. I knew Jill through Dance therapy – in fact, she was one of my teachers on the Dance Therapy Certificate. Her work with disabled children was inspirational. In later years, I’ve only heard snippets of news about Jill, so it has felt good to me to be able to attend this service and know more about Jill’s life…and say my own goodbyes.

    I send all of the family my sincerest condolences. She was clearly a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother…and the legacy lives on.

    Warm wishes,
    Heather Hill

  19. Farewell to my friend, Jill – a friend from Nursery School Days at Melbourne Girls Grammar, and whose friendship has continued throughout the years up until a few weeks ago.
    There are many memories and photographs. May you rest in peace, Jilly.

  20. A beautiful family service with heartfelt and poignant stories of our neighbour Jill.
    Thank you for inviting us to share in this very special occasion.

  21. Thanks Richard for providing us the opportunity to view LIVE stream of Jill”s funeral service . Sandy joined me too briefly to view the same and she had tears in her eyes when she heard Nicky speak.I know its a great void to fill. Wish u and the entire family the strength to bear this irreparable loss. MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE!! Rtn.KRP Sarathy and Ann.Sandy Sarathy from Hyderabad India

  22. Dear Richard and Family
    What a lovely service in memory of our friend Jill.

    Janet and Michael Hills, Probus and Rotary friends

  23. Our thoughts are with you, Richard, and your family. We will always remember her.
    Jean and Bill young.

  24. Our sincerest condolences to Richard and family. A beautiful service for a beautiful and gracious lady

  25. Dear Richard please accept our heartfelt condolences We know it’s hard for you but life has to go. We Pray for Jill may her soul Rest in Peace.

    Rot Pramod & Nisha Jaiswal
    Kathmandu Nepal

  26. Hi,

    I have logged on for a funeral livestream at 2:15 EST.

    How do I get the image into fullscreen?


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