Family and friends gathered Saturday for the moving memorial of a father of two who recently took his own life.
Fitness buff Trent Dance, 34, was buried at his funeral Friday, with 20 people also attending a separate memorial at Brisbane’s Shiloh Church in Redbank Plains.
Mr Dance was open about his mental health issues, but tragically lost his battle with depression on October 11.
His heartbroken girlfriend Samara Thorpe was one of the mourners in Redbank Plains.
Mourners at Saturday’s memorial service for Trent Dance, who ended his life on October 11, including his girlfriend Samara Thorpe (photo, right)
Samara Thorpe (photo left) and Trent Dance (right) linked by a mutual love of music star Eminem
The moving memorial service was held at Shiloh Church (pictured) in Brisbane’s Redbank Plains
The only clue to Mr Dance’s rapidly deteriorating mental state came too late – a chilling Instagram post a day before his death detailing his struggles with depression and lack of motivation.
“For him, it got to a point where he finally had had enough and couldn’t take it anymore,” a devastated Mrs. Thorpe told Daily Mail Australia earlier.
“He had an illness that cost him.”
Mr. Dance had a son, 16, and daughter, 12 from a previous relationship and was a stepfather to Mrs. Thorpe’s young children, aged four and five.
“He loved the gym, his kids, friends and family,” she said.
‘He worked in a factory he wanted to get out of and studied to be a remedial therapist. He also wanted to train and coach other powerlifters. ‘
The couple met earlier this year at a local bar and immediately got in touch through a mutual love for rapper Eminem.
“We were both in bad relationships then,” she said.
“He was a tall, masculine-looking man, but so gentle and caring at the time.”
Mrs. Thorpe found her partner’s lifeless body after she came home from a night out with friends.
The memorial was a tribute to Trent Dance, who was an avid powerlifter and father of two children (pictured, his girlfriend Mrs. Thorpe, left, supported by a friend)
Trent Dance was beloved in his local Brisbane community and often spoke of his mental health demons (in the photo, friends and family arrived at the memorial service on Saturday)
On Saturday, a memorial was held for Trent Dance, who recently lost his battle with depression tragically (pictured, a loved one arrived at the church)
Many mourners attended Shiloh Church in Brisbane’s Redbank Plains on Saturday (photo above)
Trent Dance was commemorated at his memorial after tragically robbing his life earlier this month (photo, family arrives at a church in Brisbane on Saturday)
“If I had known he was in such a dark place, I would never have left the house,” she said.
“I never saw the warning signs, but after going through the last messages he sent, the signs were there.”
A few days after his death, Mrs. Thorpe and his best friend decided to host a fundraising event at the World Gym Ipswich on November 20, three days after what would have been Mr Dance’s 35th birthday.
Ms. Thorpe said she wants to make sure Mr Dance’s story isn’t a lost cause and potentially help other people in a similar position.
The event will raise money for Livin ‘, a local mental health charity that Mr Dance was a passionate supporter of before his passing.
At the World Gym in Ipswich next month, members of the powerlifting community Mr Dance is a part of will lift as much as they can, with $ 1 raised for every pound lifted.
“For those struggling with depression, I want them to know that there are people who really care and there is always help,” Ms. Thorpe told Daily Mail Australia.
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