A HOME usually filled with action remains still.
A string of services today remembered a family of five who were all found dead on their Lockhart property "Watch Hill" two weeks ago.
Forty-one-year-old Kim Hunt and children, Fletcher, 10, Mia, 8, and Phoebe, 6, were discovered shot dead on September 9, before husband and father, 44-year-old Geoff Hunt's body was recovered in a dam the following day.
Ten balloons were released into a stunning blue sky this morning at a private burial for close family and friends at Lockhart Cemetery.
The intimate gathering of less than 100 people paid tribute to the Hunt family in five separate coffins adorned with flowers, as Bittersweet Symphony played and pink, blue, green and white balloons floated skyward.
The mouring was also palpable elsewhere across the small town of 800.
Stores closed at noon and flowers were left at the Hunt family paver on the main street.
NSW Health workers were shipped in from Narrandera, Urana and Leeton to relieve staff at Lockhart Multi-purpose Service - the centre Kim had worked at since April this year after recovering from a serious car accident two years ago - so they could attend a community memorial service at the Lockhart Recreation Ground later that afternoon.
Among the thousands at the service were classmates from St Joseph's, who lined the front of the marquee to sing If I Were A Butterfly.
As close friends delivered individual eulogies, Kim's younger sister Jenny Geppert delivered a moving reflection on the family.
She explained Geoff to be an honest, kind-hearted and generous father, who had a streak of mischief.
Mrs Geppert spoke with fondness about her cherished nephew and nieces, before offering an emotional farewell to Kim.
"The trees will blossom and bear fruit untasted, the tennis court stands empty, the horses unridden, the bike track is silent," she said.
"A place usually so full of energy and action is now still.
"You were my sun and I was your shadow, I love you my darling big sister, may you rest in peace."
Mrs Geppert made a final heartfelt plea to the crowd that spilled out from under the marquee to half-fill the oval.
"May this heartbreaking tragedy remind us the importance of empathy, kindness and consideration of others," she said.
"May you teach your children that competitiveness is not as important as compassion.
"Teach them to replace tormenting with tolerance, sacrifice your ego for the goodwill of others.
"Above all, the love for your family and friends is what matters - please show it.
"The flowers will wilt, the earth will settle and the visitors will return home but the hole left in my heart will remain forever."