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Sheep Farmer's Tribute To Late Relative After Being Unable To Attend Her Funeral

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Sheep Farmer's Tribute To Late Relative After Being Unable To Attend Her Funeral

An Aussie sheep farmer was unable to attend his aunt's funeral in Queensland due to the lockdown restrictions in New South Wales.

Ben Jackson from Guyra in the state's north was devastated he couldn't be there to farewell his Aunty Deb, but knew he had to stay home to adhere to the rules.

He decided to do his own send off on his property for his late relative and it's gone viral around Australia.

The farmer managed to create a heart shape with his sheep and flew a drone overhead to capture the magical moment.

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He's told Sunrise: "It's completely busted me not being able to say cheerio, but it is what it is I guess.

"If this just brings a smile to just one person's face, she'd be one very proud aunty right now."

Deb died after a two year battle with cancer.

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Ben said he felt helpless being stuck in New South Wales and not being able to be there for her final moments.

"Especially in these Covid times, no one can prepare for that border closure grief, not being able to say cheerio or be there when she passes. It's pretty difficult." he said.

The farmer said the final product that has gone viral took a couple of goes before it was perfect.

Credit: electricpostman/Instagram
Credit: electricpostman/Instagram
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But when it was finally rendered, he was overwhelmed.

"The first time I tried it looked like the s**t emoji, I tell you, and whilst my Aunty Deb had a good sense of humour, that wasn't exactly what I was going for," he said, via the Guardian Australia.

"When I saw [the final product] I would be the first to admit that there was plenty of waterworks. It was very lovely to have it as part of a sendoff. It was certainly something that she would have loved and absolutely cherished."

He paired Simon and Garfunkel's 'Bridge over Troubled Water' with the video and it was played at Deb's funeral for the people who could be there.

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Ben is happy to see the video put a smile on people's faces, especially if they're doing it tough at the moment due to the lockdown restrictions.

He's been able to create loads of shapes and words with his 'sheep art'.

Featured Image Credit: electricpostman/Instagram

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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