Try­ing to man­age a Labrador tragedy

The Labradorian - - Editorial -

Enough time has passed by now that the news side of this Labrador tragedy is over. The hor­rific crash in the fog on our coastal road of Labrador that claimed in­stantly, the lives of four of our Labrador peo­ple, for us as Labrado­ri­ans, will never be over.

As I write this, I have de­cided that the ex­act lo­ca­tion, the date, and the names of our lost folks, don’t need to be told again. We all know, when, where and who. We know this be­cause in spite of the size of this place, this Labrador, we are all con­nected, con­nected tightly, in spite of our ge­o­graph­i­cal size and our dif­fer­ences in­di­vid­u­ally.

In this day and age of in­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tions and our abil­ity to watch one tragedy af­ter the next, al­most as it hap­pens, it some­how leaves us numb to so much sad­ness and tragedy.

We seem to find our­selves in front of the tube or the com­puter screen daily, watch­ing, as an­other flood or earth­quake de­vours an­other group of in­no­cent peo­ple. We watch as a shooter walks into a school some­where and ran­domly kills a bunch of chil­dren. Just re­cently, the City of Fred­er­ic­ton, sees the rest of Canada stand with them in an­other sense­less act of mad­ness. It’s a con­stant ex­po­sure too, in many cases, the mad­ness of the world and the un­cer­tainty of life, in and of it­self.

Many of us shrug our shoul­ders, acknowledge the event and switch chan­nels and check the weather, the mad­ness, and the death all but for­got­ten in min­utes. The en­emy of this knee jerk re­ac­tion is the con­stant ex­po­sure that cre­ates this numb­ness.

We as Labrado­ri­ans how­ever, have the ca­pac­ity to weigh and mea­sure this re­cent loss of four of our own in a dif­fer­ent way. This is a bur­den that we all carry as a heavy load. A load not fo­cused on us, but a shared grief for those clos­est, those that were left be­hind as the re­sult of this in­cred­i­ble loss.

We all share a piece of this loss. The harsh re­al­ity is, that life is un­cer­tain. There is no bet­ter ex­am­ple of this than this re­cent tragedy. The com­mu­ni­ties of Labrador West and the com­mu­nity of West St. Modeste are at the shared epi­cen­ter of this tragedy.

We as Labrado­ri­ans have the re­spon­si­bil­ity and more im­por­tantly the de­sire to take own­er­ship of this sense­less tragedy. We as one, will, and have shared in the grief of those clos­est to these lost souls.

With this loss to us all, it is a re­minder of how un­cer­tain life can be and how quickly it can change for any one of us, in a mo­ment’s time. It is a re­minder to us all that we should tell those clos­est to us that we love them that they mat­ter to us. We will never know when the op­por­tu­nity to do this will be taken away from us. Do it now, do it of­ten.

Along with the fam­i­lies of our lost peo­ple and those clos­est to this tragedy, we will stand as one. We will hold them closely in our prayers. We will hold them and sup­port the needs of those left be­hind solidly in our grip, now, and as time passes.

Can these fam­ily mem­bers left be­hind ever get over this cat­a­strophic event, never? The best they can do is hope that they can find a spot in their mind, their heart, and their souls that will al­low them to some­how man­age their new nor­mal, as they move for­ward.

What they can do how­ever is rest as­sured, that they have the prayers and what­ever sup­port that may be nec­es­sary from each and ev­ery one of us as time passes. They only have to ask.

It’s what we do, we are Labrado­ri­ans.

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