The last school shooting in Newtown, Ct. of Friday, December 14, 2012 has left the world shocked. No words can comfort the parents, family, friends and especially the surviving students of this tragedy.
Even saying “students” is not fitting…these were little children! To fathom such an atrocity makes me shudder. No doubt, as millions watched CNN last Friday, our hearts went out to this wounded community.
I worried when my children were in high school and college of school shootings. Now my children are adults, I thought, I was free of worrying…but Friday was a wakeup call that the unthinkable can now occur. I can’t believe that we have to consider the ultimate safety of elementary schools from such tragedies. How I worry for the little ones…my 8 year grandson …
As we are wrapping gifts, baking for the holidays and preparing our homes to celebrate life, love and peace, this community is mourning the worst possible grief any human being can face. 20 little innocent angels have been robbed of this right as well as 7 adults who were parents, friends, relative and colleague, will never be a part of any celebrations. Surviving children from this school will not be able to grasp this calamity and they have been robbed of their innocence and trust.
It may be healing or cathartic to express anger and blame this murderer; it may be help to shed blame on society, gun control and governments. It may be therapeutic for many to put all energy and focus on problem solving and more finger pointing…but for now, that anger, that guilt, that heart wrenching sadness are part of loss and grief. Feeling it and acknowledging it are the first steps of living and walking through this painful journey as this community mourns.
Praying…whether you regularly pray, or it has been years and you forgot the words…just allow your hearts to focus on the innocents that were robbed of their lives…of the parents, family, friends and a community that will never be the same. Leave the advocating, the proactive stances and blaming for now and give this community your love and your prayers and hug your children.
As this community begins to say goodbye this week you can also donate in memory of the victims: http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/us/iyw-sandy-hook-victims-memorial/