Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nation in Mourning

To learn today there is now no hope the 29 men will be brought out alive from the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand is saddening news.

My heartfelt condolences to those who are now grieving this great loss of husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and friends.

John Key expressed the feelings of the country when he said New Zealand was a "nation in mourning. New Zealand is a country where we are our brother's keeper, so to lose this many brothers at once strikes an agonising blow. The 29 men whose names and faces we have all come to know will never walk amongst us again."

Kia kaha


1 comment:

Susan P. said...

I've often thought that hell is the place when you either feel or are told there is hope, but that hope is dashed, then reinstated, and then dashed.

So, I feel the families of the 29 faced hell.

I clicked through each of the 29 bios and read, and offered a farewell to each one. I cried the whole way through because forcing yourself to read each one and to consider them as you would a friend, brings home the humanity. Sheer numbers and facts don't drive the same impact.

To the people of New Zealand and the community of Greymouth (including Pike River) - I am so very sorry for your loss.

We lost two Australians of course in Pike River and they are now held in your land with your own.

As wondrous as life is, there are these times when the magnitude of just how fragile life can be, truly comes home.

A FB page was created as a memorial:

“When the world says, Give up, Hope whispers, Try it one more time." Author Unknown