BRITTANY Goss urged everyone she knew to believe in themselves, maintain their individuality and, above all, to love and be loved.
The Sidmouth girl, who died just months before her 16th birthday after she was hit by a car on July 11, was remembered yesterday by about 500 people at the Beaconsfield Community Centre.
Bright tributes adorned Brittany's coffin in memory of a bubbly young woman with a passion for performing arts and making others happy.
Brittany's uncle, Phil Goss, spoke of an affectionate niece with a wicked sense of humour who had her own way of doing things.
Speaking on behalf of Brittany's sister, Taylar, he said the Exeter High School student had chosen her leavers' dinner hair colour the day before she died.
``For the last couple of months she was the happiest I had seen her for a long time,'' he said.
Brittany's ``girls'', a tight-knit group of friends who held hands and sported her favourite red lipstick for the ceremony, remembered their friend for her giraffe socks, attachment to her beanies and the compliments she would lovingly give out each morning before school.
They spoke of a friend who once took a whole chicken for school lunch to encourage them to eat what they wanted.
Celebrant Nicholas Lee provided some comfort to mourners.
``Britt was in town and she picked up a tiny piece of paper on the street,'' he said.
``They found a note in Brittany's purse . . . `There is life after death'.''