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Sadness and confusion

December 17, 2012 - Amy Leigh Wilson
It has been said that losing a child is the most horrific pain a parent can bear. The parents in Newtown, Conn., are facing a level of hell that I can't even imagine. I can't fathom how anyone can send a child to school one day and plan their funeral the next. I made the choice to step away from my job as an editor at a daily newspaper when my second child was six months old. Reading every day, all day, about atrocities committed against kids was just more than I could handle. One day not long before I accepted the position as publisher of Mahoning Valley Parent, I met Miriam Fife of Niles, whose son Raymond was brutally tortured and killed in 1985. She has been a victims' advocate in Trumbull County for many years now and countless families have benefited from her services. She's an inspiration and a survivor in all sense of the word. But in my heart, as a mom, I wonder how she has the strength to get out of bed every morning. I'm not sure I could be so brave. While our focus is on those little angels and the horror their parents must now face, let's not forget to acknowledge the first responders; teachers and administrators in every community; the communities of faith and service organizations which must now counsel these heartbroken citizens; and even the shooter's family. May God, and our country's resources, protect everyone you love.


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