'Putting the pieces together': Man who lost father in Christchurch mosque attacks struggling to move forward

Sunday will mark six months since the Christchurch mosque attacks, and Muslims in the city say their emotions are still raw.

Omar Abdel-Ghany lost his father in the attack.

"We're just putting the pieces together just trying to move on with life as best as possible," he says.

It's still very much a work in progress.

"It will take years and months to heal," says Al Noor Mosque Imam Gamal Fouda. 

"It's something horrible, but we are determined to let love heal us and we continue to work together as one community."

The public flooded through the doors of Christchurch Art Gallery to view the special two-day Tributes of Aroha exhibition, showing their support for victims and their families on Saturday. 

They received an outpouring of love and support, from Cantabrians, New Zealanders and people all over the world. 

Roughly 2000 spent time remembering the victims at the exhibition.

"We've just come to show the boys that even though there's a lot of bad in the world, there's a lot of good and how everyone comes together in a time of need," says Christchurch resident Holly Carter.

Each little display leaving a lasting impression.

"I think we were all feeling quite emotional and we didn't know what we could do and that was one little way we could show our feelings," says artist Ruth Reid. 

"They were people's lives who should have felt safe here."