Our family joins the world in mourning the tragic loss of the lives of 27 people in Newtown, Connecticut, and the loss of innocence of not only the children at Sandy Hook elementary school, but everywhere. There are no words of comfort in this moment that can take away the pain of losing one’s child or loved one. It is too raw and immediate. But in time, the goodness of people loving and caring for one another will prevail and shine through the tears. After the grief subsides will be the perfect time to take action in the ways that are meaningful to you, that will honor these lives that were lost and, indeed, will honor life itself.
If you have lost a child under any circumstance, or know someone who has, we would like to recommend that you contact www.griefhaven.org. Susan and Wendell Whitmore have made the untimely loss of their beloved daughter, Erika, the impetus to help others in a way that only those who have experienced such loss can. Through their non-profit organization, GriefHaven, they have helped countless parents with their love, their comfort, support and information. They provide grief support counseling and groups for parents and siblings, as well as a plethora of grief tools of support available on their website. They are looking for donations to pay the way for three grief specialists to fly to Newtown in case you want to help in some way but don’t know what to do. Visit www.griefhaven.org to donate.
During this holiday season, we wish you much love and a peaceful heart.
Ron and Susan Scolastico