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Church ends mourning period for late president

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, June 03, 2014

THE last mourning ritual for the late President of the Methodist Church of Fiji, Reverend Dr Tuikilakila Waqairatu was conducted at Methodist Church Jubilee Hall in Toorak on Saturday.

Those attending the 100 nights occasion included the Methodist Church interim president Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca, church ministers, church members, close family and friends.

"The ending of the mourning process is normally done by iTaukei families in the country to mark the ending of the mourning process where all taboos or restrictions are lifted," church general secretary Tevita Nawadra said.

"Gifts were offered by those who went through the taboo and it was later divided amongst the church and the family."

He said those present at the event talked about the late President's life and how he had made a positive impact on the church and the people.

Dr Waqairatu died at the age of 66 after a short illness at the CWM Hospital earlier this year.

He was elected as the President of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma in 2012 and is survived by this wife Joana Waqairatu and daughter Roko Seini.

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