Writer: Macushla Pinder
A day of mourning for The Bahamas.
Intermittent wails pierced the air as loved ones of 55 victims of Hurricane Dorian were interred in Abaco’s Public Cemetery, SC Bootle Highway this morning.
The white caskets – each with its own tomb – were lined in four quadrants in a burial service that followed COVID-19 protocols.
Everyone was required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing.
The service, previously postponed at the onset of the pandemic, was led by the Abaco Christian Council.
Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd expressed hope that the service helps bring closure for the families who lost relatives
“We pray for the souls of these departed individuals – for the repose of their souls – knowing that although they are now separated from us, they are never separated from the Almighty God who first created them.”
Similar sentiments came from Catholic Bishop Patrick Pinder.
“Every like – no matter the circumstance of its conception or demise – is sacred,” he said.
Before burial, each casket was blessed and dust sprinkled in the form of a cross.
On the sidelines of the mass burial, a small number of people protested.
Power packing Dorian pummeled Abaco and Grand Bahama on September 1, 2019.