Eva Ravikovich was a 2 year old who’s short life changed the community and those around her
Eva came to my life after the news of her tragic death came to my attention in the Toronto Mommies Group. At that point, I still did not know her parents personally. I was debating the details of her death loudly in the group and as many parents, I put my son to sleep at night thanking God that I wasn’t in her parents’ shoes.
A few weeks after her tragic death on July 8th, 2013 on an illegally ran daycare on 343 Yellowood Circ at Vaughan, ON I was contacted by Eva’s mother, Ekaterina and that contact left me shaken and in more ways than one, changed something inside of me forever.
Eva was buried in a small ceremony attended by family and friends. I am convinced that if her funeral time and place than thousand upon thousands of people would have come to pay their respects. A loss of a child is beyond tragic and this was shaping up to be a high profile case that left a community shaken and angry and a province trying to figure out the best way of making sure that this never happens again. It happened at least 3 more times since then.
A member admin from Toronto Mommies suggested that we create a memorial fund where people can give money to help pay for the costs of the funeral and memorial service. At this point we still did not know much about the family; what we did know is that the pain they felt was unbearable enough without having to deal with the hassle to final arrangements and the financial toll that it might put on a young family’s budget. Needless to say not many of us prepare to the death of a 2 year old child.
The Eva Ravikovich Memorial Fund was set up and quickly received many supporters. 193 people backed up the fund by offering a total of $7,871 up to date. Newspapers and TV News networks were ringing off the hook, somehow I became the official spokesperson for a family that I knew very little.
During this period of time I came to admire Eva’s mother tremendously. A petite young women with deep reflective eyes filled with sadness and an unbeliveable fighting spirit. I could see her profound need to make the death of her child meaningful in any way. I listened to her stories about Eva for hours, looking into myself to words of consolation and support. I came to learn about the strength and resilience of a mother that lost something more important than her own life.
We would like to again thank all of the people who supported the family during their time of grief. May Eva Rest in Peace and may her parents get the closure they so crave for. The investigation as to the details of Eva’s death is still ongoing.