When Covid border closures forced him to miss her funeral, a NSW farmer paid tribute to his beloved aunt in the only way he knew how: with sheep
Say it with sheep: farmer pays tribute to favourite Aunt through flock art
Unable to attend her Brisbane funeral in person due to border restrictions, a grieving Guyra (NSW) farmer laid out grain in the paddock in the shape of a giant heart to pay tribute to a beloved Aunt who died.
Rainbow bridge over troubled water
A sheep farmer stuck in lockdown in New South Wales who was unable to attend his aunt’s funeral has honoured her memory with the ultimate tribute: a love heart made from sheep.
Ben Jackson from Guyra couldn’t make it to Brisbane to be with his aunt during her final moments after a two-year fight with cancer that began at the start of the pandemic.
“Unfortunately, she didn’t make it,” Jackson told The Guardian. “At those times of grief, you feel really helpless, you don’t know what to do, what to say.
“Especially in these Covid times, no one can prepare for that border closure grief, not being able to say cheerio or be there when she passes. It’s pretty difficult.”
Jackson said the idea for the heart came to him while he was out feeding his sheep “supplementary tucker” as they are “quite pregnant and need a bit of extra TLC”.
Having created the heart, the video was filmed by drone and sent to his family in Brisbane so it could be overlaid to Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water and played at his aunt’s funeral.
The touching tribute video from Mr Jackson was played at the end of Deb Cowdery’s funeral service
Mr Jackson said the true reality of Covid-19 restrictions didn’t hit home until he found himself separated from his family during the time of his aunt’s death.
‘You hear about people doing it tough and not being able to say cheerio to their loved ones and not being able to be there or have that type of connection that we’re used to,’ Mr Jackson told The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘I was completely and utterly unprepared for how it’s affected me, the family and others, of course there are so many people who are doing it tough in Australia and the world.’
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