Tag Archives: Funeral

The Flow of a Fijian Funeral: Day 52

It didn’t matter how many times people clarified the schedule for the funeral arrangements, they never began at the designated time. It wasn’t about timing, though. It was about flow. Only when one group assembled could they continue with the next event, and with weather that echoed the widow’s eyes, every moment was contingent on […]

Hushed Voices, Broken Bones, Loud Squeals: Day 51

Jackie, you’ve come into the village at an incredibly rare time. Gare, this is big. Abel just told me Elias, Mario and Eta’s father, just died an hour before we pulled up. He had a heart attack. I’m not sure what happens next, but all the boys are stressed and silent. I asked what we […]

Climbing Mountains for Funerals: Day 21

Regardless of our desires to infuse routine into our Fijian lifes, the days always promised to be unpredictable. Waking up in the morning, I could lie in bed, staring at the illuminated ceiling and think: Today, I could eat something crazy, go some where amazing, end up crying, hurt myself, receive a phone call, get […]

Video of the Week: Elias’ Funeral

A 45 year-old man died of a heart attack at the top of the hill near Namando river. The village was hit hard, especially his widow and eight children. The entire week was a blur of death, rain and sadness. Experience with us a Fijian funeral in the highlands… Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS […]