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Coping with Tragedy

Updated: April 15, 2021 / 12:39 PM

As we move closer to the anniversary of the mass tragedy in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th 2020, we want to acknowledge that this may be a particularly challenging time for children, youth, families and communities in Nova Scotia.

Anniversaries can create renewed feelings of grief, anxiety and trauma, as well as concerns aboutsomething like this happening in the future. The increased media attention, memorials and socialmedia activity surrounding an anniversary can be both welcomed and supportive, andoverwhelming and difficult, depending on an individual’s or a community’s experiences andcircumstances.

The following tips are based on the literature and conversations with the Trauma Informed CareTeam at IWK Health to help you navigate ways to support your children and youth during this time.


Exposure to a tragic event can bring up a lot of different feelings which can come in waves and change over time; fear, anger, anxiety, exhaustion, detachment, or numbness, to name just a few. The following information sheets have been prepared to help families recognize and navigate this difficult experience.


The Mental Health & Addicitions program is still open and here for you during COVID-19 pandemic.