Although the reality star's loved ones mourned the loss of someone so important to them, they were also pleased with the way the ceremony celebrated the former Bachelor star's life.
A source tells E! News, "It really was a beautiful ceremony, but it was very emotional," adding that, "It was a wonderful celebration of Gia's life."
The funeral was held at Chelsea's Trinity Grace Church, where Allemand had fostered her connection to religion, and the pastor that conducted the ceremony handled the job "terrifically," the source explained.
Two speeches were read, one from a friend in high school and the other from college friend. Both speeches were focused less on "don't ask why this happened," and more on a "celebration of her life." Two songs were sung, "Amazing Grace" and "Be Near."
Friends, family and Bachelor personalities attended the service. Gia's boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, sat in the front row with her mother, Donna Micheletti, and walked her out of the church at the end of the ceremony. "Ryan was consoling Donna the whole time," the source says.
A public memorial and viewing was held throughout the day at the Papavero funeral home yesterday in Gia's hometown of Queens, N.Y.
Anderson had found Allemand unconscious last week in her New Orleans home after she apparently hanged herself with a vacuum cord. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
According to an incident report obtained by E! News, Anderson told investigators that he and the 29-year-old dance instructor had argued through lunch on the afternoon of Aug. 12 "over her suspicions that he had been unfaithful to her."
Per the report, Allemand told him that she still loved him, to which he said he replied, "I don't love you anymore." The New Orleans Pelicans player then returned home, he said, only to later receive a text from Allemand's mother saying he needed to go check on Gia, as they had been on phone and then the line just went silent for 10 minutes. The athlete told police that he arrived at Allemand's house 20 minutes later, opened the door and found her unconscious with a vacuum cleaner cord "wrapped around her neck many times," the report states.
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