Each one was accompanied by a grief counselor, who was ready to lend an arm or shoulder as needed, reports CBS News Correspondent Jeffrey Kofman. On Saturday, a warm but windy day, they were left to stare out at the ocean and comfort each other. Some chose to share this emotional day.
"I just want to thank every one for helping," said Eric De Roussan, son of one of the victims. "It made me feel better."
For some, it was time to pray. For some, the grief was just too much to bear.
For one man, the final steps were too much. One woman, Claire Mortimer, lost her father a retired vice president at The New York Times.
"In an odd way," said Mortimer, "it is very comforting. He would have loved this place."
Amongst the hundreds of mourners were 13 members of the Swissair crew that flew the families to Nova Scotia from Geneva. They held a private prayer service.
One woman mourning the loss of a loved one had to be restrained Saturday by aid workers. She handed a man the baby she was carrying and dashed toward the pounding surf at Peggy's Cove before being stopped. It's not clear what the woman intended to do.
Before family members arrived Saturday morning, a police sergeant had warned other officers that some grieving individuals could be suicidal.
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Saturday afternoon, scores of the relatives gathered in a Halifax convention center for a private memorial service.
The tragedy mounted Saturday after the brother of one of the victims died after becoming ill on a Swissair flight from Chicago to Zurich, Swissair said in a statement. The 37-year-old man was not identified.
Also Saturday, Switzerland's ambassador to Canada, Daniel Dayer, died when he was hit by a train in the Swiss town of Sion. He had been planning to return to Canada later in the day.
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Authorities have carved out a space on the crowded rock and put up tents so that when they do arrive, the families can reflect and mourn in peace as they confront the ocean where so many died.
CBS News Animation: Timeline of SR111As the days pass, the horrific remains of those on board are scattered in an ever-widening circle by wind and waves. While much of the wreckage of Flight 111 is on the ocean floor, more and more is floating to the surface.
In a village up the coast from Peggy's Cove, a local fisherman has returned with a box of debris that he will hand over to police. Among the items was somebody's diary of a visit to America.
The final entry was made just minutes before Flight 111 crashed into the sea.
"She stopped, perhaps to put on her seat belt, and then maybe things started to happen," speculated the fisherman.