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Emilie Parker

Preparing For Mother's Day After Losing My Daughter

Alissa Parker | Posted 05.05.2015 | 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...

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

Alissa Parker | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

It has been one year since I saw my sweet little Emilie. I will be honest, I hate when the media comes into town. I don't like seeing their vans with large satellite dishes parked on every corner. I don't like seeing my daughter's picture on the news associated with her violent death.

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.

One Breathtaking Moment On A Particularly Hard Day

Alissa Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Alissa Parker

I miss Em a lot lately. I miss everything about her sweet, beautiful face smiling up at me. There are days when my face, I am sure, looks a lot like Emilie's did the day we let her butterflies go.

Newtown Dad To Comfort Sikh Temple Mourners On 1st Shooting Anniversary

AP | MICHAEL MELIA | Posted 07.26.2013 | Impact

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Since his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Connecticut school shooting, Robbie Parker has been encouraging people to try to fi...

How Using My Brain Has Helped It Heal

Marian Salzman | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Marian Salzman

No matter the trauma you face -- and we all will, because life is never trauma-free -- never underestimate the power of hard work, or working hard at your passion, to heal.

Final Day Of Funerals For Newtown

Posted 12.22.2012 | Crime

A grieving community will lay the final victims of the Sandy Hook shooting to rest this weekend. Saturday funerals are scheduled for three students...

WATCH: Remember the Victims, Reject the Violence

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.20.2013 | Crime
Bill Moyers

Good laws are hard to come by. Civilization, just as hard. The rough and tumble of politics makes them so. But democracy aims for a moral order as just as humanly possible, which means laws that protect the weak and not just the strong. Lest we forget.

A Kindness Mission In Honor Of Emilie

Patience Salgado | Posted 02.16.2013 | Good News
Patience Salgado

This is what we will do, with so much sadness and honor in our hearts, we will talk about Emilie and the others when they rise in our hearts. We will look for ways to love and honor all the parts of them that brought so much joy to the world.

A Father Fights Back Tears

AP | BRIDGET MURPHY | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Fighting back tears and struggling to catch his breath, the father of a 6-year-old gunned down in the school shooting in Connecticut...