The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead

Allaahummaghfir li (New Zealand deaths) warfa’ darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee ‘aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-‘aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi

Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Al molay rachamim, shochayn bam’romim, ham-tzay m’nucha n’chona al kanfay Hash’china, b’ma-alot k’doshim ut-horim k’zo-har haraki-a mazhirim, et nishmat (New Zealand deaths) she-halach l-olama, ba-avur shenodvu tz’dakah b’ad hazkarat nishmata. B’Gan Ayden t’hay m’nuchata; la-chayn Ba-al Harachamim yas-tire-ha b’sayter k’nafav l’olamim, v’yitz-ror bitz-ror hacha-yim et nishmatah, Ado-nay Hu na-chalatah, v’tanu-ach b’shalom al mishkavah. V’nomar: Amayn.

Om Namo Narayana’ya, Om Namo Narayana’ya, Om Namo Narayana’ya, Om Namo Narayana’ya, Om Namo Narayana’ya.

We hear that there are 49 dead in New Zealand
We are not given names, but a number

But even so, we invoke the secret name
of each one, the vibration, a richly contoured
sound wave, made up of places, people,
songs remembered or forgotten,
errands still to do, or done,
hopes, dreams, loves and
items in the closet, folded or not

And with that secret name
we honor you, we remember you
we thank you
for your time here with us.

We are sorry for your departure
and sorry that we never got to mention
in person, that we love you

But even so, now we send you
on your journey
wishing you rest
in light, in love, in peace.

Author: Paul Stokstad

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