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God of love and mercy,

embrace all those

whose hearts today

overflow with grief,

unanswered questions and such a sense of loss.

Our prayers go out to all who are suffering from grief,

especially the families and friends of those who died

April 18-19, 2020 in Nova Scotia and their communities

Grant them space to express their tears.

Hold them close through the coming days

as they relive the memories of this tragedy and their loss.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,

whose own suffering brought us life,

here and for eternity.



  • Memorial established at a former church along Highway 2 in Portapique, N.S., May 22, 2020 (Eric Woollistcroft/CBC)