As family and friends who lost loved ones last weekend try to find a way forward, members of their communities are reaching out to help.
Tiffiany Ward has been working with friends and neighbours to organize a vigil to mourn those lost and support the ones they left behind.
However, due to ongoing safety restrictions put in place to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, gatherings are currently limited to no more than five people.
"You'd usually get together as a community, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and grieve along with the families who are suffering and lend them our support," she said. "We can't do any of those things we'd normally do together in person."
"How do we start to rebuild, how do we start to put ourselves back together if we can't even give a hug or receive a hug?"
That's why the vigil will be an online event streamed through Facebook and YouTube.
It can also be watched through the newly set up website heartcolchester.ca, which has links to the GoFundMe pages set up to help families of the victims.
Ward said the agenda is quickly evolving, but you can expect a compilation of messages from political leaders, spiritual leaders and well-known Nova Scotians, along with musical performances.
She said we'll never be able to make sense of what happened or be able to replace what's been lost, but Ward hopes by joining together, we can start the long process of healing.
"We can all come together in a time when we're so far apart to feel the warmth of others," Ward said.
The vigil is Friday night at 7 p.m.
You'll also be able to access the vigil through HalifaxToday.ca.
If online streaming isn't available to you at that time, the vigil will be broadcast on radio stations NEWS 95.7 and JACK 92.9.