WA family tragedy 'surreal' for mourners

Angie Raphael

Seeing seven coffins at one funeral felt surreal for some mourners but many described the tributes for the West Australian family shot in a murder-suicide as sensitive and beautiful.

Two services were held in Bunbury on Wednesday, showing the division between the Cockman and Miles families after the tragedy at a hobby farm in Osmington on May 11.

About 150 people attended the first funeral for Katrina Miles, 35, and her children - daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and eight-year-old Kadyn Cockman.

Katrina's estranged partner and father of her children, Aaron Cockman, hugged family and friends outside the chapel as mourners arrived with bouquets of flowers.

An estimated crowd of 400 attended the second service for the entire family, including Katrina's parents, Peter, 61, and 58-year-old Cynda.

Mr Miles' son Neil gave one of the eulogies and songs were played including These Days by Powderfinger and Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

One woman, who did not want to be named, told AAP she attended both funerals.

"It just seems surreal to go in there and see seven coffins. It's just awful," she said.

The woman described Katrina as a very dedicated mum and Cynda as community-based.

Taryn Miller travelled from Margaret River for the second service and told AAP the eulogy for the children described the games they played.

"They just seemed so happy and involved with life, and they seemed very intelligent and aware," she said.

"It's just such a terrible, tragic and sad thing, and I think it makes everyone think about their own family."

The police investigation is continuing and the coroner will eventually hold an inquest.

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