I've thought a lot about the terrible shooting and killing at a primary school in Connecticut. I can't imagine how awful it is for all those who have any personal connection to the community. I can only guess at how it must feel to the families who have lost a loved one. I am glad that someone in the community remembered the shooter's family. Being the parent of someone who has harmed others is painful beyond description. The shame, wanting to die, wishing you'd never given birth and more. All those thoughts race through your mind higgledy piggledy. The questions , the self doubt, asking where you went wrong never end.
I read a comforting article a few minutes ago on one of the blogs I read regularly. Here's a link to a pastoral letter. There are no simple answers, no trite words of comfort.