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In the wake of tragedy, how do we move past sorrow to a place of healing?

By Paul Wilson, Director of Research and Education

A few days ago, citizens in the city of Toronto experienced unimaginable trauma and a horrendous tragedy. A man drove his rented van down the sidewalk of Yonge Street killing ten and injuring fifteen others. 

As I write this blog, I am still in a state of sadness and shock. All kinds of questions run through my mind. Why would anyone do this? How are the families who have lost a loved one or have an injured loved one to care for going to get through this? What will be the lasting effects of this event on this city and our country?

There are no easy answers and so many unknowns. Darkness and despair creep into my thoughts. I find little solace in the fact that the man responsible was charged with ten counts of murder and thirteen counts of attempted murder. And all this comes on the heels of the Humboldt tragedy. The last couple of weeks have been hard on all of us. We all need a dose of courage, strength, and healing.

At CLAC, we are very conscious that life is short and filled with risks. Our members are very safety conscious. But, unfortunately, accidents on the job still happen. Saturday is the International Day of Mourning and at CLAC’s Cambridge Member Centre, we will gather and pause on Friday to remember those workers who went to work and did not come home again because of an accident on the job. These few minutes are our way of saying we remember, we care, and we pledge to do all we can to keep our members safe at work.  

Remembering, offering prayers, observing moments of silence to reflect on our loss, and putting hockey sticks by the door are ways that we can express our sorrow and offer our support. Of course, there are many other opportunities for us to show our love and care for those in our community who are grieving. Giving to GoFundMe initiatives, providing meals for first responders, and coming together as a community to support each other are meaningful acts of care and concern.

So no matter how much we may be hurting, let’s look for ways to heal by helping and supporting each other. We will get through the shock and sadness if we support and care for one another.

  

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