The time for helping those in need
The impact of tragedy is felt far greater in small communities. It’s worn by everyone, young and old, and affects us all in some way. News of a death does not ripple through towns in this province; it’s a tidal wave of hurt and it drowns everyone in the pain felt by the families involved.
This week’s car accident near Howley was devastating. Three people died and more were hurt. Two communities in White Bay — Sop’s Arm and Pollard’s Point — are reeling from this news and trying to come to grips with the tragedy as families members try desperately to cope.
Death — sudden death in particular — smacks through the fibre of every small community and shakes is foundation. Accidents, such as the one this week — and the dozen or so in the past month — change a town, even if for a brief few days.
Large cities are more immune to that type of damage. The news in cities travels fast, yes, but the people are not connected by the same type of thread, and the impact is lessened.
There’s also the frequency in which those in larger centres deal with news of this nature. Crime alone causes more tragedy in cities and the fact more people are on the move causes more accidents and therefore more tragedy. Families affected still feel the same hurt, but the wider reverberation is smaller.
This is no love letter for city life, however. Running in the opposite direction is the level of support a community feels in times of tragedy. Yes, there is support in a city for all tragedy. You don’t need to look further than Houston over the past few weeks so see the shining light of humanity there. However, for a personal devastation, the smaller the town, the more it puts those suffering on its shoulders.
Pollard’s Point and Sop’s Arm are going through it now.
Cow Head is as well.
Labrador, same thing.
These are communities (yes, Labrador is a region, but close-knit enough to qualify), like all others in the province that take care of their own and nurse them in times of need. An unexpected death in the community is definitely a time of need.
There is nothing we can do to reverse any of the accidents seen over the past few weeks, unfortunately. And we all know there’s little solace in the fact many were preventable. But what we can do is reach out to each other and lend a hand. In doing so, we all help those suffering in this, the greatest time of need.