Just a few days ago, one survivor from a lost fishing vessel was found floating alone in a liferaft off the Pacific Coast, 70 miles NW of Cape Flattery, by a Canadian fishing boat whose crew happened to see him. He’s safe now and recovering on land, but no doubt has harrowing memories of his own survival and the loss of the boat and its captain.

What’s our role as community members in a tragedy like this? Some of it may involve holding space, and holding our questions till later, as traumatized people get their bearings.