Connecticut School Shooting: Finding Hope Through Grief (VIDEO)

[ 0 ] December 16, 2012 |

Just one of the memorials remembering the children and teachers who died in the Sandy Hook shootings

President Obama on Sunday promised to “use whatever power this office holds” to stop massacres like the one Friday in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The president’s remarks may mean renewed efforts will come about to curb the spread of guns, which likely will raise the ire of the likes of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Meanwhile, new details emerged about exactly what happened when shooter Adam Lanza forced his way into the Connecticut elementary school with three guns and hundreds of bullets and opened fire on children, teachers, and administrators. These stories include heroic acts like those from 27-year-old teacher Victoria Soto, who died trying to keep her students safe from the gunman.

The Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, leaving the community of Newtown – and the nation as a whole – awash in grief. Watch Allison and Art Daily, authors of Out of the Canyon: A True Story of Loss and Lovetalk about finding hope through the grief:

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“The essence of the story [Out of the Canyon] became, for us, a great message of hope, and how you come back from this kind of loss,” said Art Daily, who lost his former wife and two children. “Grief is so present throughout all our lives. And sometimes there just aren’t very many messages on how you move through this stuff.”

So how can one find hope and/or purpose during such times of grieving?

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“I think it’s a day-by-day experience,” Allison Daily said. “I think it’s really about going through the pain, and really allowing yourself to feel the pain. Not judging what you’re going through and taking that full process.”

Art Daily is a real estate attorney with Holland & Hart LLC and  is a member of the Valley Partnership for Drugs, while Allison Daily is the co-director of Pathfinders for Cancer Valley Angels and a grief counselor at the OB Department of Aspen Valley Hospital.

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About Allison Daily: Author of Out of the Canyon, A True Story of Loss and Love, Bereavement Counselor at Aspen Valley Hospital Co-Director of Pathfinder Angels, non-profit for cancer patients Blogger on,, and Huffington Post.
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