Sophie Bombski's funeral to be a celebration
SOPHIE Bombski's parents have invited the Sunshine Coast to share in a farewell to their 10-year-old daughter by celebrating everything she loved.
A funeral service will be held for the young girl who loved unicorns and Pringles on Wednesday at Caloundra's Gregson &Weight Chapel from 2pm.
Sophie died on March 1 after being pulled out of the family's backyard pool in Little Mountain two days earlier.
Sophie had been diagnosed with epilepsy when she was three. It is believed she had an epileptic seizure in the water.
Sophie's parents, Andre and Karina said they wanted the funeral to be a "celebration of everything Sophie".
Their little girl loved rainbows and unicorns, pink and purple and all of her favourite foods, "like plain Pringles, M&Ms, chocolate eclairs and fruit platters with strawberries and blueberries."
Mr Bombski said Sophie was a strong swimmer who never allowed her epilepsy to limit her or define her.
"She never felt like she was different or cheated because of it," he said.
"She was always good at taking her medication."
It had been two years since she last had a seizure and the family was hoping her medication may soon have been eased.
Only the day before, Mr Bombski had challenged Sophie to laps in the pool and had lost.
"I swam as fast I could, but she still won," Mr Bombski said.
"She didn't drown because she didn't know how to swim. She was a good swimmer."
Her parents also wished the community to know how grateful they are for all of the messages of love and support they've received since the incident.
They have asked donations are sent to CareFlight, Caloundra Hospital, Lady Cilento Hospital and Epilepsy Queensland as they did "so much to help Sophie".
Her classmates at Meridan State College have also helped putting together moving touches for Sophie's celebration.
"We want it to be a celebration of her life, we don't want her to have doom and gloom," he said.
"We want to involve her fellow classmates, they have been making paper love hearts for the service."
Sophie will be remembered as a girl with a zest for life who loved her family and had a close bond with her older, 11-year-old sister, Hannah.
"She was a really happy, bubbly girl," Mr Bombski said.