On the go and no time to finish that story right now? Your News is the place for you to save content to read later from any device. Register with us and content you save will appear here so you can access them to read later.
It is understood the family service could feature as few as five people, an idea that jarred with friends who knew how popular Dawson was.
One friend, who did not want to be named, told the Herald the family had kept all funeral details private.
"Nobody knows where it is or what's happening. Those closest to her aren't invited.
"There were two versions of Charlotte Dawson: the one on the television, and then there was the one sitting up on her couch at two in the morning talking about her troubles. And tragically those people who witnessed that won't be at the funeral."
It is understood Australian television network Foxtel is organising a tribute service for Dawson for Friday, which is likely to be televised.
Image 1 of 15: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19: Charlotte Dawson showcases a design by Romance Was Born as part of the Diet Coca-Cola Little Black Dress show at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009 at Martin Place Collection Showroom on August 19, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)