(GREYMOUTH, New Zealand) -- New Zealand is holding a day of mourning Thursday for the 29 miners killed in an explosion last week.
Around the country, flags hung at half-staff, churchgoers gathered at special services and lawmakers broke into a solemn hymn in parliament.
For those like Neville Rockhouse, the father of one of the missing miners, it's tough.
"It's a bad time," he says. "And it's going to be pretty rough for a while but the families, they stick together, they come through. And we'll come through."
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has promised some answers, saying, "The government is absolutely committed to running a commission of inquiry that will leave no stone unturned to insure that they get the answers to why their men are not coming home."
Recovery teams say it could take some time to get all the bodies out, given the high levels of explosive gases still present in the tunnels.
All 29 miners were believed to be dead after a second explosion rocked the Pike River Coal Mine on Wednesday. The initial blast occurred last Friday.
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