updated 08/22/2013 AT 3:35 PM ET
•originally published 08/22/2013 AT 3:30 PM ET
Gia Allemand was laid to rest Thursday morning in Manhattan.
On a side street in the Chelsea neighborhood, a group of close friends and family began to gather in the rain outside the Trinity Grace Church, preparing to say goodbye to the beloved Bachelor contestant, who died in a suicide earlier this month.
Waiting photographers snapped pictures as a car pulled up to the curb outside, which was lined with floral bouquets. The sight of a large sign that read “Gia” in flowers prompted some mourners to break down in tears.
Allemand’s boyfriend, basketball player Ryan Anderson, was one of the last to arrive. He entered the church with Allemand’s family, remaining stony-faced as pallbearers carried the coffin inside. Once inside, he sat in the front row, as did Allemand’s mother, Donna Micheletti.
The small service, which ran for less than hour, paid tribute to Allemand as mourners sang her favorite hymn, “Amazing Grace,” and two close friends delivered short speeches remembering her kindness and generosity.