22-year-old Navar Herbert was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a cancerous sarcoma a few months ago, but his condition quickly deteriorated. RIP!
Alfred Lord Tennyson once said, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." And now, a woman has shared footage of her wedding where she got married to the love of her life, but the day after they became man and wife, he passed away.
Navar Herbert, 22, died on Tuesday, June 25, after marrying Maia Falwasser in an intimate ceremony with their close friends and family, and their 11-month-old son. According to the NZ Herald, Herbert was diagnosed with a brain tumor, a cancerous sarcoma a few months ago, but his condition quickly deteriorated.
Navar, a rugby player, was originally from Otorohanga but had been living in Queensland with Maia and their son, Kyrie. He played rugby for the Nerang Bulls.
Maia has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money so the family could fly Navar’s body back to his hometown because that's where the 22-year-old asked to be laid to rest. Maia shared the heartbreaking video of their wedding on the page, but it was initially uploaded on YouTube.
Maia wrote: Today my heart is heavy and sad, I lost my best friend, Husband and the Father to our Son. I feel absolutely showered in LOVE by friends and family, this is a hard time, however, I do find my strength and refuge in everybody's support. Navar's Journey has just begun, shortly we will be taking him back to Kotahitanga Marae, where he has asked to be laid to rest. He has impacted so many people near and far, and he will always be in our memories and have a special place in our hearts.
As expected, costs to take Navar back home along with his immediate family have been quite extensive, and to give us every opportunity to spend our last moments spending time with him, we are asking for donations to assist with this. I am truly, truly appreciative of your support. I hope you enjoy our wedding video xx. Maia & Kyrie. The video shared by Maia shows Navar getting ready with the help of his family on his big day.
He is then taken to the backyard in a wheelchair, where he waits for his wife-to-be. As she walks down the aisle, Navar can be heard saying (not distinctly) to Maia, "Hello my wife, hello my baby. I love you."
The guests at the wedding can be seen trying to fight back their tears. Surely, this was quite an emotional moment for all of them. Navar and Maia exchange vows and wedding rings as they swear to be 'partners for life'.
After the ceremony, a group of men that looked like Navar's Rugby team members gathered up to perform a moving haka (a ceremonial dance) to the couple, before coming up to congratulate them on their marriage.
Navar’s rugby club, the Nerang Bulls organized a celebration of his life on June 28, and they too, have been helping with the fundraising to help with costs to bring him home so that he can be laid to rest.
The video, which has now gone viral, has got many people pouring in support for them. A Facebook user, Diana Dee Santiago, commented: This is such a beautiful story with a sad ending but love is amazing my condolences to you and your family your love is always going to be with you now you have that special angel By Your Side always. Deb Murray added: Such a sad story. Such a young guy with his life cut short. This shows you that true love gets through all obstacles. My heart goes out to his lovely wife and family.
Another FB user, Renee Cusumano added: Wow. I didn't even know this beautiful couple and my heart is filled with true sadness and my eyes are full of tears as I know what it is like to watch a loved one suffer in front of your very eyes. I hope the best for you beautiful lady.
Lou Katie commented: This video had me in absolute tears. I swear to god you have to cherish every dumb moment and cherish every person you love with every part of you. Life is so frickin' short.