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Friday, December 21, 2012

Update on the Sandy Hook Comfort Project: What does it mean to lose a child to death?

The outpouring for the families in grief and loss from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, CT has been amazing. People are eager to donate books as an act of love to those mourning the loss of loved ones.

Originally the plan was to send a book (Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache) to Sandy Hook for each family who had been affected by the tragedy in the loss of a child--young (student) or adult (teacher). That was a meaningful act of comfort, and thanks to each of you, that goal has been accomplished!

When I read again the message from Lisa Schorp (the woman with the vision who posted on my Facebook page last Saturday), I noted that she said it would be great to be able to send copies of my book not only to the families at Sandy Hook Elementary School who lost a loved one, but to all the families. I suppose I overlooked that part of her message because it seemed too big a goal.

This project has morphed. That is amazing to me. Thanks to the generous donations that have come from all over the USA and Canada, we can send more books. The local churches in Sandy Hook can use copies of Getting Out of Bed in the Morning for their libraries and others in the devastated community can benefit from a book on hope and healing in the midst of loss.

When do we send this gift of love? Although the media is consumed with reports of what is going on now in the Newton community, we know from past experiences that the "hype" will soon dissipate. Humans are like that. We tend to move from one news-breaking event to another.

But the families who lost loved ones are only at the beginning of their journeys . . . When a child dies, the world stops for a parent. The first weeks, even months, are like living in a fog. When that anesthesia wears off, the reality kicks in.

My child is gone. He is not coming back.


Parents need help and support for the rest of their lives. I continue to cherish those who have walked this bereavement trail with me. It's been fifteen years since my son Daniel's death and I still yearn for his smile and hug.

Right now we plan to send the books after the first of next year.

Here is what we are looking at:

1. An autographed book with the name of each child who died for the child's family

2. One of my Songs from Heaven empathy cards with each book

3. A letter with the names and hometowns of each of the donors (that would be you all) for each family

Thank you, each one, for your donations to this Sandy Hook Comfort Project.

If others would like to donate, click on this link and scroll to the end of the post.


Lily Brenner (John 3:16 NM) said...

I am thankful in how the Lord is leading you to be a blessing to the families of Newtown, Conn. They have been in my prayers so much lately, but like you said about people moving from one event to another, so it will be with Newtown. Sad to say, but so true. Bless you for your helping hands. :)

alice wisler said...

Thanks for your comment, Lily.

Anonymous said...

I live in a small community in Connecticut - we are not close in distance but are reeling from the horror of what happened in Samdy Hook. In addition two families in our community have lost young children to cancer over the past three months. I have purchased your book in hopes that it gives them peace. Thank you for all you are doing. It takes a community to bring peace and comfort.

Anonymous said...

I am in awe of the love, concern and warmth that strangers give to each others at this time. When the doors are closed in homes, then reality is more hurtful than most of realize. I do believe your book will bless those who were directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy and others events around us. Thanks you for the kindness you are showing and for the warmth your heart is sharing with others.