Model Annalize Braakensiek was a Bondi icon known to Australians from all walks of life – and a touching daily horoscope to the former TV presenter, which was held on Sydney's beach on Wednesday morning, was a living proof.
Women in long, bohemian dresses, men in suits and children in wet suits were just some of those who descended into the sand to pay their last obeisances to Braakensiek after she had killed herself on January 6th.
Mourners, including model Jodhi Meares, silently gathered at the southern end of the beach just before 6 o'clock in the morning, left their shoes hanging on the wall and sat over the rocks.
Most of them wore a single frangipani, the favorite flower of Braakensiek, and two large wreaths were laid out in the neighborhood.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at Bondi Beach on Wednesday morning to pay tribute to model Annalize Braakensiek
People from all walks of life were seen mourning on the sand, while they were engaged in silent meditation before they entered the surf
The former model, which had launched successful jewelery and lingerie lines, had been an ambassador for R U OK? and had often spoken in interviews and on social media about her struggle with mental health. She took her own life on January 6
A woman brought her dog, while others were seen on the beach with their young children
Model Jodhi Meares was present at the sunrise ceremony on Wednesday
Mourning said a prayer for Braakensiek and sang a song as a group during the moving ceremony
Danny Goldberg, the designer's former husband, arrived with one flower behind his ear and a bunch tied around a rope and worn as a necklace.
When the large group of rocks moved to the sand, he was embraced by friends and family as he sat on the sand, positioned in the front and in the center.
After a long meditation, concluded with music played on a wooden recorder and a prayer, the crowd moved to the water to lay their few frangipanis.
Friends held each other for support as they stared at the sun rising over the waves and remembered their friend in silence.
Dozens of mourners returned to the sand to change into swimsuits and grab their surfboards before they left the break to gather in a circle and talk about Braakensiek.
Mr. Goldberg was thrown into the deep water by a lifeguard on a jet ski while holding a wreath of frangipani.
When the surfers stopped for a moment to remember their friend, another large crowd sat on the shore and watched.
The former husband of the lingerie designer, stockbroker Danny Goldberg, was at the front of the beach (pictured)
Mr. Goldberg was comforted by friends as he participated in a prayer for his wife, alienated from him. The Bondi man was married to Braakensiek for 16 years before they split in April
While dozens of them made their way into the water, more remained on the sand and watched as the group gathered in a circle
The surfers stayed in the circle for some time, in quiet reflection, before returning to the coast (photo)
Mr. Goldberg saw a large frangipani ring hanging in the water before he was picked up by a jet ski and taken to the circle
Mr. Goldberg was comforted by a friend in the water before he was taken after the break to say goodbye
Braakensiek was found dead on 6 January in her brand new apartment in Potts Point by friends who worried after not hearing from her for a few days.
The former model, which had launched successful jewelery and lingerie lines, had been an ambassador for R U OK? and had often spoken in interviews and on social media about her struggle with mental health.
In the months before she took her life, Braakensiek had placed a series of cryptic social media costs, including one in which she paid tribute to those who had supported her during a challenging year & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The rest you know who you are. I love you. Beyond. Including my bestie in heaven. Not a day goes by when I do not think about you & # 39 ;, she posted.
Ms. Braakensiek split up in April last year after 16 years with her stockbroker, Danny Goldberg.
She bought the apartment in Potts Point, where her body was found after her breakup.
Frangipanis played a vital role in the service because they were the favorite of Braakensiek. The guests were encouraged to each put a single flower in the ocean
Ms. Braakensiek split up in April last year after 16 years with her stockbroker, Danny Goldberg (photo)
In one of the last messages to her 40,000 followers on December 15, she wrote: "Everything seems to be twisted and upside down at the moment.
"Thank you to everyone who helped me through my dark clouds," she wrote in another Instagram post about her fight against mental health.
In a later deleted Instagram post she wrote: & # 39; I do not know if a broken heart recovers or learns to live in pieces & # 39 ;.
She also wrote that she & # 39; stayed in the area by keeping her hair on my chinny chin.
While vomiting was destroyed by the collapse of her marriage, friends said that she also mourned a man she had lost more than a decade earlier.
She bought the apartment in Potts Point (photo) where her body was found on January 6 after the breakup