We can't stop our grief, but we can pledge to honour the people we've lost

Nothing can offset the pain and sorrow of a tragic loss. Last week, our community mourned a true hero, Jonathan Pitre. And on the weekend, Canadians from coast to coast grieved for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Each story has a familiarity to it that brings it very close to home, even for those who didn't know the people involved. Who wasn't inspired by the love between Pitre and his mother? Together they set an extraordinary example of perseverance, hope and humour in the face of a debilitating disease. And what Canadian can't relate to a bus full of hockey players travelling down a highway toward a playoff game? Faced with such heartache, all we can do is cherish and preserve the memories of the people we have lost and commit to making the world a better place in their honour.

In a time when complaints and insults carry a lot of currency on social media, we should take a step back, respect the frailty and impermanence of life and pledge to treat each other better even when a tragedy doesn’t command it. Sometimes there is not much that can be done but gather together, as they did last night in Humboldt, and offer each other love and support.

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