Thursday, 2 December 2010

The rainforest wept in grief today


A Memorial Service
was held today
at Pike River for
the 29 miners
who lost their lives.

Pike River mine
is in a tranquil location
in a rainforest



The New Zealand native fern
is our national symbol
it tells who we are.
It is also a symbol of
mourning.

Each miners family
had a "tribute table"
where they had placed
memories of their
loved one.

The ferns were placed
on each table also.

video


Todays final tribute
was a haunting rendition of
'Going Home'
by a solitary piper.


May their souls Rest in Peace.






14 comments:

Junibears said...

God bless them every one.....may they rest in peace....xx

"All things French" said...

Such a very sad day for N.Z. my heart goes out to the many family & friends affected by this tragedy.
xx
Dianne

dosfishes said...

What a wonderful way to recognize the passing of each person. May they rest in peace. xox Corrine

Privet and Holly said...

Shane, I've got
chills. What a
lovely way to remember
these dear people.
May God welcome them
with open arms and
comfort those left
behind.
xx Suzanne

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

"To think that after death there is simply nothiong else, is like a person in one nation thinking that there are no people living on the other side of the boarder.." - author unknown

Here's hoping they all find peace and love on "the other side of the boarder"
XXOO
Colleen

Honey at 2805 said...

What a lovely rememberance.

bad penny said...

Rest in Peace. So Tragic

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

A beautiful tribute.

downunderdale said...

a lovely tribute - it is sad times and even more so when you have family affected

Jillys Stuff said...

A wonderful tribute.

Julie-Ann said...

How terribly sad for their families. Thank you for your lovely tribute to the 29 miners.

~*~Patty S said...

My heart goes out to all the families and Loved ones left behind...
the bagpipe was so beautiful...sniff...sniff

life can be so tragic sometimes

Take care my friend...BIG hugs from Virginia
oxo

Rhonda said...

Shane you paid them a wonderful tribute here. Your photos and words are so comforting.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What a tragedy.

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