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door Peter Schrijnders
The Heart of Consolation was there for everyone who had recently lost a loved one.
From 4 to 11 July, the Heart of Consolation navigated the Amsterdam canals daily from 4pm till midnight. On Sunday 12 July the boat sailed through the neighbouring towns of Diemen and Weesp. The Heart of Consolation was intended as a tribute to the recent victims and to show support to the bereaved. Due to corona, people sometimes have to say their goodbyes under very difficult circumstances, which makes mourning extra difficult.
The families of the victims were able to leave a flower with a personal message for the person they were missing on www.hartvantroost.nl. For those interested, the messages were compiled on a separate page on the website. The next day the flowers were put on the boat and at night the Heart was illuminated with hundreds of LED-lights.
The boat travelled through the city carrying more than a thousand flowers with personal messages.
The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, said: ‘For many people it has been a very difficult time. It is almost impossible to imagine how hard it must be to lose a loved one and not to be able to say goodbye. The Heart of Consolation is there to sail around for those who died and their families.’
by Gemeente Amsterdam
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