I am the fiance of the woman, Beth Myers, that died at Bonaroo this year. We have decided that we want to bring festival safety to the forefront to make sure that people are prepared for what to do when campers are in danger. We're making a list of best practices so that this kind of thing doesn't occur again. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org please email me ideas. Also, we're going to get the posts from here as well. I don't ever want to see these tragedies occur again. This is for Beth.
I am so sorry for your loss Matt. Please let us know if there's anything we can do to help with your efforts. Inforoo is good people.
Post by herecomesthesun on Jun 16, 2011 10:46:25 GMT -5
This just breaks my heart. There was a time when I was in love with Bonnaroo. I felt that it held everything I loved - joy, music, community, open-mindedness, adventure. I will never forget walking back to camp with Matt and him saying to me, "This is our place." And I felt so deeply that it was and in some way always would be.
When we lost Matt, I felt that slip away from me, but I somehow believed that he would be happy that that's where he went, that his soul would always be there with the music and the adventure.
Hearing about these two deaths, and about all the things that went wrong this year at Roo, have truly ended my love affair. I now feel it is truly reckless for Superfly to turn a blind eye to what goes on at the farm and to not care for Roo-goers properly. I don't care that the other 79,998 people did not lose their lives. The fact that two did means there is something that should have been done that was not, and that is wrong. I will not be convinced otherwise.
I guess I have totally lost my faith - in Bonnaroo, and what I thought it was.
Matt, there are no words to express my sadness for you. I believe your mission is a very noble one and I wish you all the best in honoring Beth.
Matt, Thank you for sharing - esp. in your time of loss and grief. I am so very sorry you are experiencing this. Please know that you have the support of this entire board and all its members. We are willing to do whatever it takes to help promote safe practices and increase awareness - not just for Bonnaroo attendees, but for all festivals.
You have our deepest condolences. If there anything specific that we can do to help you or to honor Beth? We might not have known her personally (at least I didn't) but she was one of us. Her life deserves to be celebrated and remembered. Please let us know if you can think of a fitting way.
We are all sending love and prayers of comfort and peace to you and your families.
I echo Holls' sentiments 100%. Please let us know how we can help.
Post by pondo ROCKS on Jun 16, 2011 11:21:29 GMT -5
To simply say that I am sorry for your loss is not enough my friend. I leave a small piece of me every time that I leave Bonnaroo and when I hear of stories of tragedy that occur on the farm, it stays with me for weeks and months on end. For all of the fun and excitement that happens on the farm, it is a shame that bad stuff still happens
Know this, Beth will be remembered and honored EVERY YEAR I GO along with others who have so tragically perished at Bonnaroo. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask my friend. In this time of grieving and sadness, I wish that comfort, compassion and peace find their way into your heart and continue to help heal you from outside in.
We are a family up here my brother. Beth will be remembered as one of us and know that her spirit will live on.
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