At a reception back in Iowa for Howard, Eldon Christian Church Pastor Dave Bowden said it’s comforting when people from outside the community come in to help those grieving express themselves.
“Whether through pies or just talking, it helps them to not feel so alone,” he said. “In my past experience, the worst grief is over the loss of an innocent child.”
Howard said the Newtown community is finding ways to handle the tragedy and deal with the grief.
“They have a strong spirit,” Howard said. “They’ve taken their grief and channeled it into action. They’re doing something constructive with their grief.”
Howard’s own battle with the loss of her 43-year-old husband helped her connect with those still reeling from dispair in Newtown.
“You’ll never get over it,” she said. “And you can’t let people push you through it.”
Details for this story were provided by Chelsea Davis, a reporter for The Ottumwa (Iowa) Courier.