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Photo by Megan Te Amo

Great turn-out for the Orokonui Remembrance Walk

Megan Te Amo —

Last night, 11 October 2017 the Orokonui Ecosanctuary hosted a Remembrance Walk in association with Hope and Sons Funeral Directors

Despite the earlier heavy rains, and the strong winds last night, close to 100 people showed up for the Orokonui Remembrance Walk. Half of those who had attended were members of the Hope and Sons team, and their families.

Funeral Director, John Finlayson welcomed everyone to the Ecosanctuary and gave a brief outline of why everyone had gathered, and what the Ecosanctuary meant to Hope and Sons. 

"We came here tonight to remember the importance of the past and reflect on the things that are significant in our lives."

John introduced Hope and Sons Managing Director, Michael Hope to say a few words, and later on introduced Orokonui Ecosanctuary' General Manager, Chris Baillie to share her thoughts.

Michael Hope briefly reflected on the association Hope and Sons have with the Ecosanctuary, and shared a beautiful poem - This is The Breath of the Ancestors, translated by Samuel Allen.

"personally this week is important to our family as Jet’s mum died last Sunday 7 years ago, and my sister, Helen died last night 6 years ago – so October is a special time – we remember the vibrant, funny, loving, and proud people that have raised us and been such big parts of making us who we all are."

Chris Baillie then shared her thoughts, before everyone gathered for a walk  through the Ecosanctuary - visiting four of the memorial seats that have been installed over the years in recognition of the families Hope and Sons have cared for. 

See below for John and Michael's full speech.

Hope and Sons are contemporary yet respectful of tradition, being a five generation funeral family caring for the Dunedin, Mosgiel, and Otago communities.
Send Michael Hope a message at michael@hopeandsons.co.nz