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:

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

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

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

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  4. 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

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  5. "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

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

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

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  8. 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

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

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