Grassroots diary: Special mass to honour victims of farm tragedy
Five families have been left utterly devastated by the tragic loss of a loved one after a farm-related accident so far this year.
These are not just statistics - behind each story is a grieving family, a community in shock, and a farm that needs to continue being farmed no matter what's happened.
In many cases a widow is left to pick up the pieces, not knowing where to start. Meanwhile, her young son or daughter may have to take the reins a little sooner than planned - without the guidance of their mentor. Bills still have to be paid, cattle still have to be fed, the farm must live on.