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Alissa Parker

Preparing For Mother's Day After Losing My Daughter

Alissa Parker | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Alissa Parker

Emilie's birth and Mother's Day are emotionally so connected for me. They are one and the same. I was truly blessed to have been given such a sweet angel, and since her death at Sandy Hook, I have missed her every moment of every day.

A Christmas Gift

Alissa Parker | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Alissa Parker

That moment. That very moment has played over and over and over and over again in my mind, hundreds of times. That moment was the same moment my Emilie was being killed in her first grade classroom... and I was picking out Legos.

Why Father's Day Is A Sacred Day For Me

Alissa Parker | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

I have now realized that the invaluable lessons my dad taught me throughout my life did not leave me with his death.

The Triggers I Still Face After Leaving Sandy Hook

Alissa Parker | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

Triggers are hard. They are often unpredictable and they are strong. I have learned to not fight these emotions, but to let them run through me.

How I Know My Daughter Never Truly Left Us

Alissa Parker | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

The year anniversary was just one of many many ways we have felt connected to our little Em. So, as cliché as it might sound, I know I didn't get my goodbye that day because she has never truly left us.

Lisa Belkin

One Year After Sandy Hook, Newtown Families Have Just Begun Emotional Marathon

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

A year ago, Mark Barden hadn’t really thought about his views on gun violence. Alissa Parker did not yet know she was a writer. Nicole Hockley spent...

Sandy Hook Victim's Mother Declares 'Evil Did Not Win'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

6-year-old Emilie Parker was one of the twenty young victims struck down in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on D...

Sandy Hook Parents: Remember Our Faces

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Carolyn S. Miles

As I see it, Alissa and her husband Robbie are bestowing a priceless gift. They remind us that as long as our little ones are alive and well, there are things we can do to better protect them.

An Instant Family Through Tragedy

Alissa Parker | Posted 12.23.2013 | Parents
Alissa Parker

On December 14, I sat in a firehouse surrounded by 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 that I would form a bond with this group of strangers that would forever connect us through tragedy.