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Alissa Parker
Alissa is the mother of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook School Shootings on December 14, 2012. After Emilie's death, she began TheParkerFive blog as a tool to express the emotions she and her family have experienced throughout the grieving process. Alissa is a stay-at-home mom and an avid photographer. She is also the co-founder of, which focuses on helping communities make their schools safer and The Emilie Parker Art Connection, a charity helping local community art programs for children.

Entries by Alissa Parker

A Christmas Gift

(23) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Legos. A large bag of Legos. This is perfect!!

Emilie, my little creator. She loved to build like her imagination was linked directly to her hands. She would build tall buildings, homes, airports and roads with cars traveling quickly through the streets. Legos are perfect, I thought. I held that...

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Why Father's Day Is a Sacred Day for Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 2:54 PM

It has been a little over a year and a half since I received the news that my dad would not survive injuries he received from a bike riding accident. This shocking news just seemed impossible! I didn't understand how this could possibly have happened. The idea of life without my dad...

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The Triggers I Still Face After Leaving Sandy Hook

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:01 PM

I have moved a lot in my life. A lot. In the almost 11 years I have been married, I have lived in 16 different houses.  I have perfected the art of packing and unpacking our things.  Back in December when our family was getting ready to move from our home in...

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The Last Goodbye

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:37 PM

On December 14th, 2012, I went up (as usual) to the bus stop with my three beautiful little girls in the back of our van. I remember vividly pulling up to the corner of the road and being welcomed to the normal handful of neighbor kids running and playing around....

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A Newtown Mom's Reflections On Love And Loss One Year Later

(104) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Last week, I received a frantic phone call from Robbie's brother, James, who was looking for his wife, Natalie. James and Natalie moved to Connecticut two months after our family did and have been our solid rock this last year after we lost Emilie. Natalie works a couple of blocks...

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An Instant Family Through Tragedy

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 10:01 AM

On December 14, I sat in a firehouse surrounded by a large group of concerned parents all wanting to know where our missing children were. I didn't know any of them. I didn't know any of their children. And I also didn't know that I would form a bond with...

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One Breathtaking Moment On A Particularly Hard Day

(339) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Last spring, Emilie was given a live butterfly garden kit for free at a yard sale. She lovingly stared at the box the whole way home, talking and talking about how she was finally going to have a real butterfly for a pet! I tried to explain that once the...

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