Newtown Funeral: 'How Can I Celebrate Christmas?'

Family, friends and residents attend a funeral for Jessica Rekos, one of the young shooting victims.


Shuffling down Church Hill Road Tuesday morning, Rose Pavia joined hundreds of mourners making their way to the funeral of 6-year-old Jessica Rekos, one of 20 children and six adults killed in Friday's Sandy Hook shooting.

Pavia, like countless others, struggled to find the proper adjectives to describe the loss—and instead asked a question.

"How can I celebrate Christmas?" Pavia said through tears. "There are no words."

A Sandy Hook resident, Pavia has three grandchildren, all young boys, in the local school district. She says today, as schools open their doors for the first time since last week's massacre, she is apprehensive.

After sounding off, Pavia turned and continued to through the dreary weather to St. Rose of Lima Church, joining the friends, family and neighbors of Jessica Rekos to pay their respects.

Bernadette December 19, 2012 at 03:39 AM
There are no words to adequately express the grief that we, as a community, feel. All we can do is pray for these little angels, their heroic teachers and staff who tried to save them and their families who have to go on without them. This heinous act does not define our town. What does define Newtown is the love, compassion and caring that we have for one another. Love conquers all, especially evil. God bless everyone.
Mary December 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I just want to tell the residents of Newtown that we are all so sorry, please know that you are all CONSTANTLY in our thoughts and prayers. The looks on the faces of complete strangers when Newtown is talked about shows how much Love and Compassion is felt for you. GOD BLESS Mary (Chicago Illinois)
Marcia Kernan December 19, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Tragedy has no boundaries. It hurts. We have been feeling your pain immensely as we suffered a suicide of our daughter-in-law (was like a daughter to us). She left behind 3 children, ages 4, 6, 9 at the time. We are now caring for them full time. Our first Christmas was peaceful through the help of Hope Hospice and AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). They gave us a wealth of support and ideas of how to deal with the holidays. Some we chose; some not. We elected to set a place at the table for her, made her traditional holiday dinner of Swedish meatballs, had a special candle with two doves surrounding it that we lit every night in loving memory of our "girl" and we made or bought our own ornaments that reminded us of her, her children left behind, her hobbies and loves, etc. This kept us connected with her and it helped tremendously. Everyone will be different but I strongly encourage to "include" your loved one(s). We have hung an angel made of flower seeds at the top of the tree. On it is written "to all your new angels". We look at that in memory of the ones lost in this tragedy. The saving grace for us with our "daughter" and now with Newtown's newest angels is that they are at peace with our Lord.
Marcia Kernan December 19, 2012 at 04:55 PM
(continued from blog above) Here is a partial excerpt of a poem given to us from Hope Hospice: "I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below. With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars, reflecting on the snow. The sight is so spectacular; please wipe away the tear. For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year." God Bless and may you find Peace.
justine December 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I mourn with you, I cry with you, I suffer with you, and I also remember great times with you, I love with you, I dance with you, I laugh and I smile with you, L pray with you, and each day I will heal with you. I love you!


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