Pike River mine too unsafe for recovery

When people die farewelling them properly is an important part of the grieving process and that is almost always less difficult if those who love them are able to see the bodies.

The announcement this evening that  police have decided it is too unsafe to enter the Pike River mine and the recovery effort will be abandoned means their families won’t have that comfort.

Given that determined recovery efforts have been going on for nearly two months with little progress the announcement isn’t surprising. But it will still be devastating for the families and friends of the men who died and all those who’ve worked so hard to recover the bodies.

If there is anything good in this announcement it is that a decision has been made, even if it’s not the one everyone was hoping for.

Now, in Mary Lee Hall’s words, it’s time to Turn Again To Life

If I should die and
Leave you here awhile
Be not like others sore undone,
Who keep long vigils
By the silent dust and weep.
For my sake turn again
To life and smile
Nerving thy heart
And trembling hand to do
Something to comfort
Other hearts than thine.
Complete these dear
Unfinished Tasks of mine,
And I, perchance
May therein comfort you.

2 Responses to Pike River mine too unsafe for recovery

  1. Who says:

    Very sad news for the families.


  2. Fredinthegrass says:

    Hp, you have an amazing gift – no doubt brought about by your own ‘experiences’.
    I wondered if this would be the outcome that the families would face.
    Our thoughts once more return to the “coast”.


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