Tributes have poured in following the death of a 19-year-old West Norfolk woman described as “truly beautiful, inside and out”.
Emily Owen, of Shouldham, died on Sunday after family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life-support.
Emily had been in critical care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn after she made a suicide attempt days before, her family has said.
An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned this afternoon at the Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich.
The cause of death was given as hypoxic brain injury due to hanging.
At the weekend, the King’s Arms at Shouldham, where Emily worked, posted the news in a “difficult message” on Facebook.
It said: “We are heartbroken that we won’t see her breeze through our doors like a tornado of energy again, or hear her distinctive laugh, she was a big part of our team and we will miss her enormously.”
The post said Emily supported organ donation and joined the register aged 12.
“That sums her up, always so caring and thoughtful about other people,” the post said.
The message also said Emily had been concerned about people coping in these difficult times and had believed the “fear of the unknown would drive them over the edge”.
She had been planning to volunteer to help those who were struggling.
More than 100 people commented in response, paying tribute to Emily, daughter of Tim and Sue Owen and sister to Annie, Jacob, Tom and Evie.
One said: “So saddened to hear this news of a girl who meant so much to so many.”
Another said: “If only she could have seen what we saw. She was such a beautiful being.”
Another message said: “Such a sweet, polite and friendly young lady, so tragic, thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Abbie Panks, who runs the King’s Arms, said: “Emily was a whirlwind of energy, so caring and funny, truly beautiful inside and out.
“She was loved by our team and customers alike and was a big part of our team, along with her sister Annie and brothers Jacob and Tom who also work at the King’s Arms.
“We are going to miss Emily enormously, she was a part of our family here.”
Miss Panks said the Owen family was keen to highlight that Emily would have wanted everyone to check on their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic while still following government advice.
The pub has launched an online fundraising page for mental health charity Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
Miss Panks added: “If you can donate, no matter how much, we would really appreciate it
“If people are not able to donate, we ask that when the time comes and they can do some volunteering, that they do so with Emily in their mind and heart.”
To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emilyo