Columbine Survivor Says Grieving is a 'Long, Long Journey'

Crystal Woodman Miller spoke Sunday at Cavalry Chapel of Southbury.

Crystal Woodman Miller survived the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. On Sunday, at Cavalry Chapel of Southbury, she shared her story of survival and offered hope and comfort to those who continue to grieve following the horrific school shooting in Newtown on Dec. 14.

Miller said she was honored to speak with the congregation and was awed by the local communities and their reaction to the recent tragedy.

“I’ve watched this part of the country on the news the past few weeks and found and seen people of kindness, tenderness and sensitivity,”she said.

Miller, who is the mother of a 19-month-old daughter and pregnant with a second child, said she grieves during every tragedy, but that the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School struck a much deeper cord.

As she prayed with the congregation she told them to feel comfortable with however they are dealing with this tragedy and to accept the grieving process in any form it may come to them.

“As you mourn, as you grieve, there is no proper way to do that," Miller said. "No one can tell you how to grieve or what that looks like. This is a long, long journey that is just beginning.”

On Monday, she visited the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Company and the Newtown Police Station, before heading back to Colorado.

To listen to Miller’s full speech visit the Cavalry Chapel of Southbury website.

SHVFD January 01, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Would have been nice if she visited Newtown Hook & Ladder and Newtown Ambulance who both were on scene. This is not the Sandy Hook Show. Nor should it be
marykay January 01, 2013 at 08:24 PM
I think a lot of people don't realize that there is a difference between Sandy Hook and Newtown. I imagine Mrs. Miller did her very best to reach out to as many as possible. Perhaps someone "on the ground" could have helped coordinate it better. That being said, I hope and pray that the other more local community outreaches will continue to be there for the fire, rescue and police. Praying for the entire community. Marykay (Newtown resident in the 1980's)
Richard Hooker January 01, 2013 at 08:46 PM
This is not about a division of Sandy Hook/Newtown. We are all in it together.
marykay January 01, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Rene Lanam January 02, 2013 at 01:56 AM
God Bless you all and encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today" (Heb 3:13) and continue to build each other up ( 1 Thes 5:11); keep glorifying God and know that others throughout this world are keeping you in prayer.
Elena January 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
When I and others pray daily for the victims, victim's families and all those affected by this horrific tragedy, we don't exclude anyone. I am sure Ms. Miller did not mean to overlook Newtown Hook & Ladder and Newtown Ambulance. God Bless you and thank you for your service on that awful day, and your continued service to your community.
Seaglass January 02, 2013 at 04:52 PM
This woman flew out from Colorado, while she was pregnanant to offer emotional support and guidance and you bitter self servers stumble over yourselves in a desperate attempt to find fault.
Dave C January 02, 2013 at 11:13 PM
I heard her speak and it was very encouraging for me and I would suspect even more so for the survivors/victim's families of the Sandy Hook tragedy. She could relate better than most of us, having lived through a similar shooting. She shared many of the thoughts, feelings and fears she had gone through and offered hope for healing. She was very honest, saying that it was extremely difficult time that changed her life forever and that even now she continues to heal. I am thankful she came and wished more people could have heard her speak.


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