Community sheds tears for man, 26, who died after rave
A SMOKE cleansing ceremony was held in Nimbin to help the community grieve the loss of Nimbin man, Jake Monahan.
Mr Monahan died at a rave on New Year's Day at Mt Lindesay after taking an unknown drug.
Nimbin local Sandra Nilsen said about 100 people attended the one-hour ceremony at Mingle Park on Tuesday night with about 50 people in the inner circle.
Ms Nilsen said Bundjalung Elders, Uncles Lewis Walker, Cecil Roberts and Gilbert Lorrie conducted the traditional smoke ceremony to honour Mr Monahan's memory and other tragic losses the town has endured in the last year including the death of Nimbin mother, Simone Rutley.
Ms Nilson described the ceremony as "divine" where "everybody shed a tear of sorrow".
Frances Hood, of Nimbin, also attended the "beautiful" event which she said was "a bit of closure for the town" in the wake of Mr Monahan's death.
"The community came together as one," Ms Hood said.
"Even the tourists could tell something was going on."
She saw tourists walking in and out of shops and taking the time to stop and observe the ceremony.