01/12/2018 11:55 EST | Updated 01/12/2018 13:42 EST

Sisters found dead on Christmas Day symbolized by butterflies at funeral

VICTORIA — Two sisters who were found dead on Christmas Day were symbolized by butterflies at their funeral today.

Rev. Ansley Tucker of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria says the urn holding the ashes of Chloe and Aubrey Berry was covered with butterflies because they are a symbol of resurrection.

More than 1,000 mourners filled the church to pay their respects during a service that heard from family members, teachers and friends.

The bodies of six-year old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey were found in an apartment in nearby Oak Bay.

Their father, Andrew Berry, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Tucker says the tragedy has left people with scrambled emotions and asking where was God on Christmas Day.

Family friend Trisha Lees says she would like the girls to be remembered with great joy because they brought that feeling to others.