They went through it again. They re-visited that tragic day and the sadness that followed. They had to. It was necessary.
The Humboldt Broncos - the survivors, the first responders, families, staff and supporters and the hundreds of people across the country with special connections to those involved - we turned a page last night.
The Broncos opened up another SJHL season with a game against their rival, the Nipawin Hawks - the team they were on their way to play early last spring when their team bus collided with a semi and 16 people died.
I watched some of the coverage on television. I saw the survivors weeping. I saw fans wiping away the tears. I saw some passionate junior hockey players doing what they love to do.
You know, when you talking about healing, in this case, you're talking about alleviating the pain - the anguish. And, I wonder if the families of those who died will ever heal.
Last night we turned the page to a new season. This morning, the families and the survivors simply turn the page to a new day. It's all they can do.