Family and friends are the most important things in my life.

Sunday 22 February 2009, has been declared a National Day of Mourning in Australia. It is a day for all Australians to pause and reflect on what is Australia’s worst disaster. Yesterday, the death toll was revised and it now stands at 189 and is expected to continue rising as identification teams sift through what remains of buildings and burnt out vehicles. One cannot imagine what the families of those who are still listed as missing are going through, nor can any of us have any concept of the traumatic job that is being undertaken by those identification recovery teams.

Life for any of those affected will never be the same and it is up to all of us as a community, to continue to support them however we can. Numerous fund raises have been organised and donation centres have been established throughout the country, so let’s all make an effort to contribute our time, money or material goods.

This tragedy has reinforced my belief that family and friends are the most important things in my life.


2 thoughts on “Family and friends are the most important things in my life.

  1. Maureen,

    I imagine that you are still reeling and feeling some resurrections of those old feelings. It would only be natural given the gravity of the situation.

    A national tragedy such as the one that your country is facing forces those of us on the periphery to pause and look deep within. Those on the front lines will be left with scars both visible and invisible, and many people will be filled with a deep sense of hatred that may be misdirected because of their helplessness.

    Worse will be the vultures who will find a way to make a profit from this tragedy, the fear mongers who give not one whit for peoples’ feelings but will prety on their weakened defenses to put money in their pockets.

    I am so saddened for you and your countrymen, but relieved that your family has made it through. Please know that you are in my thoughts as you try to work your way through this untenable sense of loss and sadness.

    Many hugs,


  2. Hi Lita,
    Thanks so much for those sincere and moving words.We are a national that unites in times like these. Individual politics, religion and cultures are cast aside and we become one. It is sad that it takes a tragedy such as this , to bring us all together. The outpouring of support from so many other countries has been wonderful. We may be at the other end of the earth, but we are not forgotten.
    Maureen 🙂

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