It’s almost been three months now – when the world was shocked.
Shocked that on April 6 at total of sixteen people died and 13 were injured when a westbound sem-trailer struck a northbound coach bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team.
The tragedy struck a chord in Canada’s soul and abroad.
Record donations poured in and at the end a grand total of 415.1 million was raised out of an original objective of $4 million.
It’s hard to say but the horrific crash touched something all of us.
Was it because most of those who died were young men in the prime of their lives.
Was it something unexplainable that people reacted with such emotion and anguish.
We shall never really know all the reasons.
But we do know this was something that hit a nerve – and hitting a nerve in our social-media obsessed world that is something special.
But as so often happens the good folks of Humboldt are having to continue to go on with their lives despite the tragedy.
But last week they had to contend with another reminder of this terrible event when a 29-year old truck driver was charged 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing death, and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing bodily harm.
Both are criminal charges.
And so the question becomes – how are people in Humboldt coping?
What are they thinking?
What are hoping for?
And how are they dealing with this constant turmoil and emotional upheaval?