I have been watching the news coverage of the shootings in Newtown, CT on and off for the last two days. The innocent lives taken from this community within minutes has been heartbreaking to watch, but yet I can’t help myself. The trauma, pain and shock that these people have had to endure is staggering. Many of the people that follow me on this blog know the pain of losing a child. Although our circumstance are all different, we all know what it’s like to hear the words “your child has died.” These are words that never leave you.
Watching Robby Parker, father of little Emilie, try to talk about his little girl was heartbreaking as he tried to hold it together. He is a proud father telling the world how special this little girl is and sharing her with millions of people while also trying to help the others that have also been inflicted by this horrific event. As a fellow grieving dad, I wanted to put my hands on his shoulder, sit with him and cry with him as he tells her story.
To be honest, it would be an honor to sit with all of these newly bereaved dads (and moms) during the darkest days of their lives. We all know the road they have before them as they try to support their families while also trying to deal with their own emotions and pain.
I can’t help but also think about the father of the shooter who also lost a child. He too is grieving the loss of his son while dealing with the weight of knowing his son was responsible for inflicting all of this pain.
We all know that the lives of these people will never be the same, that their lives have been changed forever. All innocence has been lost. The road to survival will be long and dark.
I ask that you join me in sending prayers to the people of Newtown and to the families of the children lost.
Wishing you all peace.