Thursday, January 17, 2013
More thoughts on Sandy Hook
As A Grief Center
As I listen and read to people’s suggestions as to what to do with Sandy Hook School, all the ideas seem sound and intellectually acceptable. And, yet…and yet, my gut keeps saying turn Sandy Hook into a Grief Center.
What does that mean exactly? It means, leave everything as it is and let the parents and their families go there when they need to , choose to, or not. The gut behind the move is that if this were my child that had been murdered, I would be drawn to the last place my child was alive like a magnet. Never mind the blood and whatever else, that would be MY child’s blood and the place that child last lay. It is all I would have left and that would be precious to me.
Most people want to clean it up and, perhaps turn it into a shrine or memorial. I feel it deserves a more living response then the usual antiseptic nonsense
A place to go and shake my fist at the forces that permitted this, and then scream, cry, get up and go on, as life demands. The greatest gift to me during the beginning of my journey was the place and permission to keen and wail. The nice thing about turning the school into a grief center is that no one would need to monitor the parents need to grieve.
I hope these parents get that gift.