Helicopter Tragedy, Nepal 2006: Book of Condolences: Messages so far

"People of the world, do not be saddened for we have a God who is compassionate, loving and merciful. He knows our joys. He knows our grief. He gives life and he takes it away. No one should question how he will. Those 24 great men and women who passed away in the mountains of eastern Nepal last 23rd of September did not die in vain."

"Their testimonies will lead others to follow their footsteps. The 24 will become 48 or even more. Do not be bitter or sore because their passing away served a purpose. Instead, take comfort in their what these heroes have done for humanity. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) SHALOM!"
Lydia, ILOILO, PHILIPPINES

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"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these wonderful people."
Lisa, Canada

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"I never knew of the work of all these people - a tragic way to realize. But now that I know, my own path is clearer in light of what they have been doing. I will walk in their footsteps - and I am deeply grieved at the loss - the dark will transform by the prayers. I will remember them now that I know them."
Joan Price New Mexico, USA

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"The news of the helicopter crash made me shiver. For several days I prayed for the safe landing somewhere before the crash site was found. I am deeply saddened by this deadly accident. This is a great loss for all of us in Nepal. My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased."
Mandira Shrestha, Nepal

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"Jennifer Headley- A beautiful, gentle soul, generous beyond words. People say that you are dead. You may be dead to the world but you will always be alive in my world. I'll never forget your voice or the sound of your laugh. You were one of the best friends one could ever have and although losing you was one of the worst things that's ever happened in my life, I'm grateful to God for the time that we did have together."

"I still remember when you once said 'I just felt as if we were sisters. I really depended on you, both as my colleague and as my friend. It just seems unreal to think that you are no more. May your soul rest in peace. Jenn, I'll love you and miss you forever. Your friend always! To Jenn's Family - I wish I had words to comfort and sustain you in your grief but I know there are none that will take away any pain you are feeling now. I wish I could do more."
Marriyum Aurangzeb, WWF-Pakistan

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"Dear colleagues, I would like to convey on behalf of the WWF lake Bogoria freshwater project our heartfelt condolences to all WWF Nepal staff and their partners following the tragedy that befell them. We are together in spirit and will pray for you all to remain strong at this trying moments. Regards and may all the departed rest in eternal peace."
Fabian Musila, lake Bogoria project, WWF EARPO

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"The loss is untimely and unfillable. May the divine souls help us in carrying on the task left behind by the team and we conserve our mother earth."
Devesh Kumar Vashishtha, Gurgaon, India

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"Please receive my sincere condolences and prayers during this time of grief and sorrow. May God grant all comfort and strength in this time."
Susan Matindi, Kenya

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"My sincere condolences."
Tor Traasdahl, Head of Communications, WWF-Norway

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"My deepest condolences. Together we who are left behind will continue the fight for nature!"
Ines Lukkanen, Finland

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"I am very sorry for your loss. These people worked on behalf of so many people around the world to make this a better place for everybody. They will be remembered for their selfless service and dedication. You have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. My  sincere condolences."
Rachelle, an American in Belgium

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"I feel sorry for all the lost people and I wish we all could help WWF to continue their work in Nepal."
Anon.

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"My deepest condolences."
Laura.S., Finland

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"My deepest condolences."
Leena Kerola, Finland

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"I'm so sorry for your loss."
Anu, Finland

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I am deeply saddened to learn of Jennifer Headley's death. I got to know Jenn while she was a student in my Grade 12 Enriched English class at A. B. Lucas Secondary School. Her intelligence, creativity, enthusiasm, integrity and her leadership potential were immediately apparent to all with whom she came into contact. I consider myself privileged to have known and taught Jennifer and her sisters.

Moreover, I remember how Jennifer had a loving and supportive family who must be devastated by her loss. May they be comforted by their faith and the knowledge that they were "the wind beneath her wings." Jennifer's smile lit up the room and the force of her personality shone equally brightly in the world. Her death is a loss to her family, her friends, the WWF and to the world.

Margaret Martin, retired English Teacher, London, Ontario, Canada

"I am so sorry to learn of this tragedy. It really is a great loss. My thoughts are with their families and friends."
Helen Sanderson, England

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"It's so sad when these kind of accidents happen :( "
CiGo

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"The loss is indeed a terrible one and my humble condolence to WWF and the bereaved family as well."
Mahabir, Manipur, India

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"I am so sorry, for the families and friends and also for WWF. We will continue the work for a living planet all over the world."
Tuuli Vahtero, FINLAND

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"I'm sorry."
Jenni Laine, Finland

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"Such dreadful news. My condolences to the families here and in Nepal who lost loved ones. Also to the friends and colleagues who will surely miss those who perished while carrying out their critical work in defense of our planet"
Karen, Harpenden

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"I was impressed by the deep condolences sent for these souls. Even if I didn't know them, I wouldn't have had less love and respect for those who lost their lives following their dreams. Am sure their passion for their work will be a path to be followed by their colleagues. I believe that each person has the power to make earth a better place with their own contribution. If one day I'll go climbing in Nepal I will pray and ask their spirits to watch over me. Big hugs to their families, friends and colleagues."
Robi

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"My deepest condolences for the WWF staff members. We lost many good and important human beings."
Jenna, Finland

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"Sorry for your huge loss."
Reetta and Panu Kuronen, Finland

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"I'm sorry (they were doing a very important job! keep up the good spirit)."
Tyttö, Suomi

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"My deepest condolences to everyone touched by this accident. The loss is great but we all must keep on working for the cause."
Marja Hakulinen, Finland

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"I'm really shocked. And really sorry for those fine people."
Janina, Finland

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"We mourn the loss of our brave and true colleagues, but remember all they have done to keep our world safe. Never give up!"
Andreas, Norway

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"Condolences to the families, friends and to WWF. A great loss indeed. My heart goes to all of you."
Tanja Avellan, Finland

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"Heartfelt condolences to all families who lost their beloved. It is sad that we lost people who were committed to conserve nature, but the struggle goes on to continue their good work."
Nabalema Carolyne E, Uganda

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So hard to understand. All I can do is believe that something or someone up there has thought it very carefully through before letting it happen, and that things like that has some bigger meaning. At least we know now that we have great friends of our dear living planet there, behind the stars, and without all the limits of our materialistic world and selfish needs.

 I hope that all the members of their families and their friends can feel the universal love and get even a little bit of ease on their sorrow. Life never ends, it just changes elements and gives more opportunities. I'm sorry for my bad English, hope I didn't say anything wrong or hurt someone's feelings.

Pauliina, Finland

"I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your colleagues. Although I know that their wonderful work will continue, nothing can replace them as individuals."
Michaelann Bewsee, Springfield, MA

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"Osanottoni suureen suruun etenkin Pauli Mustosen Äidille ja veljen perheelle. "
Tarja Rajalakso Kauhajoki, Finland

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"My sincerest condolence for the relatives of these true friends of nature. Even the sky here in Finland is weeping."
Tiia, Finland

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"Such a loss, after such accomplishment. My deepest condolences to WWF staff and the families who lost their loved ones"
Milcah Langat, Kenya

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"I feel terribly sorry after hearing about the helicopter tragedy."
Arbin, Nepal

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"More than a week has passed and this tragedy is still difficult to accept. Our friends and colleagues are gone. May the memory of their dedication to Nepal's conservation inspire us to carry on their work."
Dorothy J. Allard, Bakersfield, VT

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"I don't have words to express how sad I feel about the accident and the loss of important workers. I wish everybody in WWF a lot of strength to carry on the worthy work you are doing."
Saara, Finland

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"Such devastating news for WWF and global conservation, a tragedy of huge proportions with the loss of so many magnificently dedicated, talented conservationists, in a single ghastly day, some were dear friends. Knowing Kangchenjunga region as I do, they died doing what they enjoyed, in a beautiful, wild, high place they wanted to be part of, doing a brilliant job as ever, their spirits now running free, what more can one ask of a life devoted to saving this planet. Immensely saddened at this grievous loss for all families, in particular those of dear friends whose memory I shall always cherish - Jennifer - such a lovely, warm, kind, giving person - loved her sparkle, company, personality and extraordinary dedication to the work which she loved - we had some fun times together - shall miss her very much. Deepest condolences to her family in Canada.

Chandra - greatly honoured to have known him as a friend, grateful for his kindness to me when in Kathmandu - a man of great charisma, charm and a worldwide stature as a brilliant conservationist - an irreplaceable loss for Nepal, indeed all of us - I shall treasure his memory - deepest condolences to his family and all his WWF colleagues, many of whom I know. Also met Yeshi Lama, Jill Bowling, Mingma Norbu Sherpa and Gopal Rai, all wonderful people, doing a great job. WWF - a great world force for conservation has magnificent people to carry on their vital work, in spite of this tragedy.They have my continued support."
Richard Campbell-Jackson, London, England

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